With the advances of obstetrics, more women are choosing a c-section birth as their delivery option. There are many benefits to a c-section for both mom and baby but it does not always mean it is better than having a vaginal birth. Since a c-section is major surgery, it is important to consult with your obstetrician to better understand what to expect during and after the procedure.
What to Expect
A cesarean section is a common surgical procedure performed on pregnant women who cannot safely give birth the natural way. These can be planned in advance or become necessary due to complications during labor. Other complications that could necessitate a cesarean section include displaced placenta, mother or child distress, halted labor, non-dilated cervix, compressed umbilical cord, and oxygen cut off to the baby.
The procedure involves making a horizontal incision in the lower abdomen through which the baby is lifted out. The umbilical cord is cut and the fetal membranes are removed. The surgeon will then stitch the uterus and abdominal wall closed. In most cases, Dr. Ayalon will use spinal anesthesia, which will cause the patient to not feel any pain. If the situation is an emergency, general anesthesia may be used.
If you feel a c-section birth may be right for you, please contact your obstetrician in Tarzana to learn more about the surgery. Dr. Ayalon desires to provide compassionate and understanding professional care for all his patients when making birthing decisions.