Talk to a Doctor About C-sections
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.
Questions for your doctor about C-section
Based on your condition, there are questions you might want to ask your doctor or surgeon. The following questions are designed to help you find out more information about your particular condition and the kinds of treatment that may be right for you. The more informed you are, the more comfortable you’ll be with the decision you, your family, and your doctor make together.
- Will you be doing the actual surgery? (If not, you might want to meet the doctor who will.)
- Will my partner be able to keep me company? (At most hospitals, the answer is "yes," but it's still a good idea to ask.) When will my partner be in the room? Where will my partner stand?
- What are the steps involved in a C-section?
- What risks are involved in having a C-section, for me and for my baby?
- Do you plan to use an adhesion barrier to reduce the risk of abnormal internal scarring as you close the incision?
- What steps can be taken to reduce or eliminate the risk of infection?
- Is a topical skin adhesive an available option for the incision?
- Where will my incision be located? How long will it be?
- What will the pain be like? What can I take to manage it?
- How long is the recovery period?
- Are there any steps I can take to help me recover faster?
- How quickly will I get to hold and feed my baby?
Remember to learn all you can, and ask questions about the issues that are most important to you. This is the best way to feel confident that you are making the best decision possible. For added support, consider bringing a friend who can ask the questions you feel embarrassed about or may forget to ask.
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