Childbirth the natural path will always be the most common way of giving birth, but caesarean section is a good method in situations where it can be a risk to the child or mother’s life and health.
There are always one or more reasons for such an operation. In connection with this it should be mentioned that the misconception “once Caesarean section – always Caesarean section” does not apply.
What happens in a caesarean section?
Caesarean section is performed through an incision through the abdominal wall – either on the length from the pubic bone up to the navel height, or on the cross below the navel. The uterus opens quickly and easily. From the back anesthesia or sleepiness to work until the baby is born, it takes only a few minutes. The rest of the time is spent sewing the wound back together.
With epidural or spinal anesthesia, which is placed in the back, the mother is given the opportunity to be awake and present as soon as the baby is born. This has an emotional impact on mother and child. This anesthetic form provides complete pain relief in the surgical area and is most often used in planned caesarean sections. It can also be used in emergency caesarean sections depending on how fast it should be done. However, full anesthesia is still the most common in an emergency surgery.
The risk to the child and the mother is minimal in a caesarean section, but it is and remains an operation that requires special care and caution afterwards. However, most mothers are quickly back on their feet and only the scar on their stomach is reminiscent of the baby being born with a caesarean section.
When is Caesarean section necessary?
In some situations, caesarean sections are absolutely necessary. One such situation is when it is found that the placenta lies so deep in the uterus that it covers the exit. Childbirth by natural means is then excluded. The same applies if the obstetrician or midwife finds in the ongoing examinations that the child’s life is in danger due to lack of oxygen. Other causes of caesarean section may be that severe abdominal bleeding occurs and that natural birth will not happen soon enough. Caesarean section is also performed if the umbilical cord is in the way or falls out, and the baby cannot be born immediately.
Finally, you will always decide for Caesarean section if there are suspicions that the mother’s pelvis is too crowded or that the baby is too large to be born naturally.
In other situations, you can also choose cesarean sections, although natural birth is a possibility. This applies, for example, if the child lies with his head up at the time of delivery. It may also be relevant if the mother suffers from pregnancy poisoning, high blood pressure or other disorders of the circulation, heart, brain or lungs. When the unborn child is judged to be too small or too weak to cope with a natural childbirth, you can also choose caesarean sections.
Changes or weakness in the uterus may also give rise to a caesarean section.
In very rare cases, the pregnant woman is so afraid of giving birth naturally that one offers Caesarean section.
Can you decide for yourself the time of Caesarean section?
The consideration of caesarean section should be performed on an ongoing basis throughout pregnancy. In some cases, decisions are made before the birth starts on its own. In these cases, Caesarean section is thus planned in terms of time and other details. In other cases, the need for caesarean section arises during the course of childbirth. It can develop in that direction within minutes. Therefore, all births have emergency preparedness at each birth. Caesarean section and thus delivery can occur within a few minutes, so that mother and child do not run the risk of injury.