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What You Should Know about C-Sections

Last updated 4 years ago

A cesarean section, also called a C-section, is a surgical method for delivering a baby that cannot be born through normal labor. C-sections are among the most commonly-performed surgeries in the United States. This medical procedure may be planned prior to delivery or become necessary during labor due to complications that could affect your health or the health of your baby.

What Happens During a C-Section

Prior to undergoing a C-section, you will be given anesthetic medication to numb your lower body. In many cases, a C-section can be performed while you are awake so you can witness the birth of your child, just as during a normal labor and delivery. Your partner may be present as well to witness the birth. The physician will make an incision on your abdomen to access your uterus and your baby to deliver him. Following delivery, the incisions are closed with stitches and you will be allowed to hold your baby immediately, provided he is healthy.

What Prompts a C-Section

There are many reasons your physician may recommend a C-section over a vaginal birth. Reasons you may plan to have a C-section include observed problems with the placenta or umbilical cord, a baby who is not in the head-down position, or a multiple pregnancy. In some cases, you may have medical conditions that could affect your health or the health of your baby during a normal delivery, such as heart disease or an infection that could be passed to your child. Alternatively, complications that prompt an unplanned C-section may arise during delivery. Such complications can include signs of distress from your baby and labor that slows or stops completely.

St. Petersburg General Hospital offers you everything you need for a safe, healthy, and happy birthing experience. Our labor and delivery staff includes midwives as well as trained physicians, surgeons, and nurses who are ready to offer top-quality medical care, including C-sections. Please click through our website or call (888) 741-5122 to learn more about our birthing center.


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