C/Section - Caesarean.
A Caesarean section, C/section or Caesar, is the number one surgery these days, if the medical staff are concerned about you or your baby. A Caesarean section is usually carried out when a vaginal birth would put the baby’s or mother’s life or health at risk or when complications arise in labour. Sometimes Mothers also request Elective C/sections for their own personal reasons.
Around 20-25% of babies get born in New Zealand by this process. In China it is steadily increasing to around 45% and in America it is often thought around 50% babies are being born by C/section.
A C-section is major surgery. To recover in the postnatal period and return to a state of wellbeing after giving birth is important.The physical, emotional and spiritual energy will have used needs to be returned to a state of balance.
You will need extra time and support to recover compared to vaginal birth. You will need nourishing food, kind company and encouraging words and thoughts to assist you at this time.
HolisticBaby is here to support you through this birth experience so that you remain calm and relaxed. You can start the journey into Motherhood feeling a 'quietness within' so you can heal well and take care of yourself and your baby.
The order of a c-section operation:
- A catheter is inserted into the bladder to collect urine during the surgery, this is often done by your Midwife.
- Shaving of the top part of your pubic hair will happen as they will normally do a 'Bikini line cut,' so need this area free of hair. This is normally done by your Midwife.
- An intravenous line or sometimes two, are inserted into the back of your hand to hydrate the mother and keep her blood pressure stable. Also they can administer many pain relief drugs or drugs needed for your placenta through here.
- An antacid is given orally to settle your stomach, this is mostly given but sometimes not, it depends on what the medical staff have requested.
- Monitoring leads are attached to the Mother to monitor her vital signs like her heart rate and blood pressure.
- Anaesthesia for pain relief is given to you or you may already have an Epidural in place. If not they will administered this now. It is more common to have an epidural than a general anaesthetic.
- Your abdomen will be washed with an Anti-bacterial solution.
- The Obstetrician will make the Skin Incision – mid line(most common) – which is a horizontal incision on the bikini line
- The doctor will then make a Uterine Incision.
- They will break the 'Bag of Waters' surrounding the baby if this has not already occur ed.
- The doctor will then remove the baby from the pelvis, sometimes they may need to use forceps for this.
- The baby will then be born, 'Birth of your Baby'.
- Evaluation of your newborn baby and 'Skin to skin' is started on the Mother if she wishes for this.
- Cord Clamping and cutting, this will be done by the doctor.
- The placenta is removed and you can still keep your placenta and take this home with you.)
- The uterus is repaired.
- The skin is sutured.The skin layer can be stapled or stitched (these will be removed in the first week) or you may have a dissoluble suture which takes about two weeks to dissolve.
- You will be moved into the 'Recovery Room' with your baby, and support person.
- In recovery it is a time to continue 'Skin to Skin' and offer your baby the first breastfeed, the Midwife will be there to support this process.