Overview: C-sections & Pelvic Surgery
If you’re expecting a baby, you’re probably preparing in many ways for your new arrival. One preparation you shouldn’t skip is learning more about C-sections even if you’re anticipating a vaginal birth.
As of 2007, nearly 32% of all babies in the US were delivered via C-section.1 Some of the reasons for this high rate include safety concerns for patients who had previous C-sections and lower rates of vaginal births after a previous C-section. Some women plan their C-sections in advance; but for many other women, the decision to deliver via C-section must be made spontaneously during labor.
What Is a C-section?
“C-section” stands for “Cesarean section.” It’s a surgical method of delivering a baby that can be an effective alternative to the natural method of vaginal delivery.
During a C-section, a surgeon delivers the baby through an incision in the mother’s abdominal wall and uterus, usually under spinal, epidural or general anesthesia. Learn what happens during a C-section.
Talk to your doctor before your C-section
Since the decision to deliver via C-section is often made spontaneously, it's important that you talk to your doctor in advance about your particular risks. You may not realize that there are steps you can take before a C-section to protect your health post-surgery. Get the conversation started with a doctor discussion guide below:
|1.||Hamilton BE, Martin JA, Ventura SJ. National Vital Statistics Reports. US Department of HHS CDC NVSS, 2009; 57(12):3.|