Preparing for a C-Section

c-sectionWhile most of us mothers eagerly (and anxiously) look forward to the day that our little one is born, for some, it is inevitable that we will not be able to give birth to our babies, but will have a c-section instead. In fact, the percentage of c-sections performed in North America has been rising steadily, partly from women choosing elective c-sections, and also from doctors hesitating to allow difficult births to proceed naturally.

Nevertheless, it is important that you be prepared in case you should have to give birth by c-section. Knowing what is going to happen can take a lot of the fear out of the procedure and will let you focus on the birth of your baby, rather than what is going on around you.

So, what exactly happens during a c-section? Well, that depends on the urgency of the birth. If there is immediate danger to mother or fetus, they will simply knock you out with a general anesthetic, and when you wake up, your belly will be significantly flatter than before. Likely, you will be in recovery, and your baby will be in the neo-natal unit or taken up to the maternity ward, where he or she will be waiting for you to arrive.

If you are lucky, your doctor will have enough advance notice so you can be awake for your c-section. In this case, you will be taken to the operating room where the anesthetist will give you a spinal or epidural. After a few minutes, you will not be able to feel anything below the waist, and the surgery will begin.

A curtain is usually put up between you and the surgical area, but the doctors will let you know how it is progressing. Your spouse or partner will be permitted in the room and will sit with you. After the baby is removed, he or she will be quickly cleaned, weighed, and checked over before being wrapped up and presented to you, the new mom. At this point, you will unfortunately have to go to recovery, but your hubby can go with the baby up to the maternity ward. Within an hour, you will see them both.

Now that's not so scary, is it? Knowing what could happen definitely takes away having to panic if your doctor mentions the “C” word, either before or during labor. Just remember that thousands of women have done it before, and regardless of how it happens, you will soon have a beautiful baby in your arms.

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Preparing for a C-Section

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  1. Krista says:

    I know that I will be having a c-section for this little one. I am curious if there anything you did to prepare for it (Different than for preparing for a vaginal)… Example, Since I know I am having a definite repeat c-section, I am doing as many freezer meals as possible now, so that I can focus more on my healing and caring for my family throughout the 6 week healing process. Thoughts?!

  2. April says:

    I’m getting scheduled for a c section, and the one major thing I want (aside from a perfectly healthy baby) is for the skin to skin contact and breastfeeding to happen within a half hour after birth… is this possible? It seems as though it could be with the “natural c section” that I’ve read so much about.

  3. LIZ says:

    my friend was supposed to have a natural birth but when she went into the hospital the doctor change because he saw something wrong happening with the baby tnx god they didnt wait to long now baby is good and healthy

  4. Heather says:

    I am scheduled to have a C section on 12/6 due to the baby being transverse or breech (she keeps flipping between those two but never head down). When I first was told that it would probably be a C section, I was scared, but I’m coming to terms with it. The surgery part isn’t what is scaring me, it’s the recovery. I have a 2 1/2 year old as well to care for and am not sure how I’m going to do it all.

  5. joyce says:

    I am supposed to have a C-section and I am truly scared only because it is surgery and i’m awake. hopefully having my husband there will calm me down.

  6. My C-section was unexpected so I didn’t have any time to prepare but this is good information for the next one.

  7. PaulaPC says:

    My doctor wanted my last one to go to C-Section because I had a horrible time of labor. I refused. I had my girl without one many many hours later. In retrospect I probably should have had one.

  8. katherine says:

    I have a c section n its not that bad!

  9. I Absolutely love your comment. I just found out today that I have to go into the hospital labor and delivery on Wednesday for a c section because my daughter is breech and I’m at risk for pre eclampsia….. please please tell me my little one won’t have the breathing issues i have heard of bc she is 2 weeks early and wont be squeezed through my birth canal ….. I’m 38 weeks and 2 days pregnant. I’m so scared. Any advice would be amazing…..

  10. verochka31 says:

    C-sections are not as scary as some make it out to be. I myself had 4, going on my fifth. Did I choose them?……………..NO! Should I not be allowed a family because my body doesn’t respond to natural birth? No!! I had all successful c-sections and healthy babies. Also, not sure who wrote this article, but my hospital let my babies stay with me the whole time. We bounded in recovery. I had the chance to breasfeed and than all three of us, hubby included, moved up to our room. Don’t listen to all the stories! With some fear and faith, have your own experience. Every woman is different and in their own dramatic way. May God be with you! 🙂

  11. I’d really like to avoid a csection if possible…

  12. JamJam says:

    i really hope i dont have to have a c section..they scare me

  13. Tasha says:

    Good information to know, I am schedule for a c-section.

  14. Faleshia says:

    this def. took some of the anxiousness away!

  15. Jeanetta says:

    I’m not suppose to have a c-section, but anything can happen.

  16. i don’t know if i could handle a c-section……

  17. Julie says:

    I hope that I do not have to have a c-section.

  18. Jessica says:

    My little girl is scheduled to arrive in late July this will be my 3rd c-section.

  19. I’m hoping for a natural labor.

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