A caesarean section or c-section is an operation to deliver a baby by making an incision in the front wall of the woman’s abdomen and uterus. It can be planned in advance, called an elective caesarean section, usually when there is a medical need. It can also be performed as an emergency when, during labour, it becomes apparent the baby needs to be delivered urgent. The team of midwives at Simply Better Births, who have a wealth of experience, can talk you through your questions.
Medical reasons why you may have a planned caesarean section
- You have placenta praevia. That is where the placenta is low lying in the womb and covering part of the womb entrance.
- Your baby is in the breech position.
- You have severe pre-eclampsia which is very high blood pressure.
- You are expecting a multiple birth. The babies may be born prematurely and would therefore be delivered more safely through a c-section. The babies or one baby may be in a breech position.
- You have an infection and may risk transferring the infection to your baby.
- Scans may show that your baby may not fir through the birth canal.
- You have a medical condition such as diabetes or a heart problem which may put you at risk.
- If you have a small or premature baby.
Reasons why you would have an emergency c-section
- Your labour is failing to progress naturally causing you or your baby distress.
- Your baby is not getting enough oxygen and needs to be delivered quickly.
- Your labour has been induced and the contractions are not enough to push the baby out.
- You have some vaginal bleeding during labour.
- If a baby needs to delivered very quickly, a caesarean section is often the safest way.