A caesarean section is a surgical operation to give birth to your baby. A caesarean is most often conducted due to maternal or baby health issues. The procedure will take place in a hospital operating theatre and will require the attendance of an obstetrician, anaesthetist, theatre nurses, midwife and possibly a paediatrician. In most cases your partner or support person will be allowed in the operating theatre with you. You will be given an anaesthetic, either an epidural, spinal anaesthetic or general anaesthetic and an incision will be made through your abdomen and uterus so your baby and the placenta can be lifted out.
Most caesarean births are planned (elective) and in Australia, are fairly common and considered safe. However, in some cases, a decision is made during the course of labour to perform a caesarean, this is known as an emergency caesarean. An emergency caesarean will most likely be recommended if there are concerns for you or your baby’s wellbeing, labour is not progressing or there is a life-threatening situation for you or your baby.
There are many things to consider when deciding what will be the right birth option for you. Speak to your doctor or midwife to discuss your health and the health of your baby and what options are most suitable for you.
For more information;
The Royal Women’s Hospital – Caesarean birth
Raising Children Network – Birth – vaginal birth and caesarean birth
Pregnancy to Parenting Australia – Caesarean Birth
Women’s and Children’s Health Network – Caesarean section