A cesarean section, or c-section, is the surgical procedure used to deliver a baby when a vaginal birth is not the best option for the mother or the baby. The procedure is completed by cutting through the abdomen and uterus of the mother to remove the baby. In most circumstances when this procedure is needed, it is performed as an emergency surgery when a complication arises during labor and delivery.
There are many reasons that a cesarean section might be the best option for delivery including:
A cesarean is a surgical procedure performed under anesthetic. Mothers will be cleaned with antibacterial soap before surgery. In most cases, regional anesthesia will be applied allowing the mother to remain conscious throughout the procedure, which takes place behind a curtain. The doctor will make the incision, remove the baby, clear its mouth and nose of fluids, and clamp and cut the umbilical cord. Once the baby is safely delivered, the doctor will remove the placenta and close the incisions. Recovery takes a little bit longer than a vaginal delivery, with most mothers saying in the hospital for up to three days.
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