There are basically two ways of arriving at a C-section birth. They are if it is planned or as an emergency.
Emergency C-section happens when a woman’s pregnancy or labor requires medical intervention, when she had planned a vaginal birth. These are common reasons why a woman might need an emergency C-section.
- The baby becomes distressed during labor. For example if the baby’s heart rate drops too low, or is too fast, an emergency C-section can be done to ensure the health of the baby. If labor is either very hard or stops completely, many doctors will order an emergency C-section.
- If the mother has a genital herpes outbreak while in labor, a c-section is necessary because the infection can be deadly to the baby.
- In the event of a prolapsed cord (the umbilical cord coming out of the cervix), a C-section is performed immediately because the supply of oxygen to the baby can be cut off.
- The baby is just too big to deliver vaginally. Other health concerns that may warrant an emergency C-section are low amniotic fluid, placental abruption (Placenta abruption is, separation of the placenta from the site of uterine implantation, before delivery of the baby.), and meconium (faeces from the baby) in the amniotic fluid.
There are a multitude of reasons for a planned c-section, these are five of the most common
The baby is in a breech or transverse position, meaning the head is upwards, rather than downward near the cervix. If this is the case at around 38 weeks, and the baby seems unlikely to turn the doctor will schedule the surgery usually somewhere between 39-40 weeks.
Multiple births. Twins can prove difficult to deliver vaginally and in such cases a C-section is chosen. Any more than twins from Triplets onwards will almost always be delivered by cesarean.
If you have delivered before by c-section (particularly a classical c-section) some doctors don’t feel comfortable allowing you to deliver vaginally because your old scar on the uterus may tear (uterine rupture).
Placenta prevail, which is when the placenta covers all or part of the cervix, making a vaginal delivery dangerous.
The mother or the baby has a health condition that may make the stress of the vaginal birth a risky option.
Whether arriving at a cesarean delivery by way of choice or necessity, you will need support after the surgery. You need physical support to assist with the healing process, and to manage the pain. You can get physical binding support and self massage instruction from day one until total recovery in our deluxe C-Section Recovery Kit.