C-Section: Reasons & Relief

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Cesarean section, commonly known as C-section, deliveries account for about 32% of births (over 1.27 million), according to figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics. In layman’s terms, a C-section is surgical delivery through incisions in the abdomen and uterus.

Common Reasons for C-Section

  • Multiple fetuses
  • Preterm labor
  • Positioning or size of the baby
  • Full-term labor not progressing
  • Baby’s or mother’s health is compromised

Even the most well thought out birthing plans can change in a moment, so we recommend remaining flexible and keeping an open mind about the possibility of C-section. Some women must have a C-section to protect themselves and/or their babies.

Pain Relief in C-Section Delivery

The mother will be given an epidural block and spinal block to numb the lower part of the body. General anesthesia, which means the mother will not be awake during the procedure, is usually used for emergency C-sections.

After Your C-Section

Since it’s a surgical procedure, women who have C-sections may need to stay in the hospital longer to ensure the incision is healing properly. You will also have lifting and movement restrictions for a period of time to allow your body to heal.

Should you have any questions about C-section delivery, please discuss with your Capital Women’s Care provider. He or she will present the various birthing options and discuss any concerns you may have.

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The providers of Capital Women's Care seek the highest quality medical and ethical standard in an environment that nurtures the spirit of caring for every woman.


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