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Caesarean Section

What is a Caesarian section (C-section)

Whenever a normal vaginal delivery is considered dangerous, or impossible, small horizontal incisions are made in your abdomen and uterus to deliver the baby. This is called caesarian section or abdominal delivery.

When is a C-section recommended

Sometimes, when the baby's head is too large to pass through the pelvis, or the baby might be in the wrong position (as in breech) or lying across the pelvis, then a caesarian section is performed. It is also recommended for women with a medical condition like diabetes or pre-eclampsia.  An emergency caesarian section is also performed when something goes wrong during labour, like a haemorrhage or a prolapsed umbilical cord, or foetal distress.

How is a C-section carried out

Nowadays, doctors use a general anaesthetic or an epidural or spinal block just to numb your pain so that you can enjoy the birthing process. He will then make an incision in your abdomen and uterus and open the amniotic sac if it has not ruptured as yet. And then ease the baby out with the help of forceps.

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