What happens during a C-Section?
In most cases before having a c-section you will be informed that you can have a partner or someone in the operating theatre with you to lend moral support. However, if your c-section is an emergency, then this may not be possible.
An anesthesiologist will determine the pain medication that is most suitable for your requirements, usually opting for an epidural or a spinal block. These allow you to remain conscious during the operation without feeling any pain.
You will then be fitted with a catheter which will drain urine and an IV will be administered. A screen will be placed in front of you once the anesthesia takes effect so that you will be unable to see the operation as it begins.
At this point the surgeon will make an incision just above your pubic bone. Normally the cut is horizontal, although in some cases it may be vertical. The surgeon will make further incisions, layer by layer, until he reaches the uterus. He will normally make a horizontal incision in the lower section of the uterus. However, particularly if your baby is premature, it may be necessary to make a vertical incision.
The surgeon will then reach in and lift the baby out. Many mothers say this feels a bit like someone rummaging around in their tummy, although they don't feel any pain, just a sensation! One the baby is out, the umbilical cord is cut and the baby is quickly examined and handed to a midwife. The parents will see the baby briefly before it is given a thorough check-over and weighed.
The surgeon meanwhile will remove the placenta and begin the task of stiching up the wound. Closing the wound can take up to half an hour and the upper layer of skin may be stitched or stapled shut. The wound will be dressed and you will be taken to the recovery room.
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