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Emergency C-Section: Everything You Need To Know

There are two ways to bring your little one into the world. One would be through a normal vaginal delivery and the other one is by caesarean. There are a lot of reasons why mothers opt for a caesarean: it could be because of medical difficulties hindering the natural birth process or simply because you’re scared of the idea of vaginal delivery. It is entirely your decision which procedure to opt for. However, in situations where the delivery is required to take place as soon as possible due to a threat to your life or the life of your child, an emergency C-section is done.

The process is the same as a caesarean delivery, except much faster. The first step is always the signing of the consent form, either by you or by your companion. This makes the procedure legally valid.

Anaesthesia

You’ll be injected with either spinal anaesthesia, where you can be awake during the surgery, or general anaesthesia, where you’ll be unconscious throughout the procedure. In case of spinal anaesthesia, you would have a screen covering your view, so you don’t panic at the sight of the incision being made in your stomach. You wouldn’t feel any pain in both cases, just a slight movement near the stomach when your baby is being lifted out.

Preparation

The procedure is almost the same in every hospital you go to. You’ll be required to be subject to a blood test and given a medicine that will help reduce the acidity in your stomach. Before the surgery, you would have to change into a maternal gown and possible even undergo a bikini shave to remove the hair in the pubic area. As expected, all forms of jewellery and ornaments would be removed from your body. In most cases, the father or one person is allowed to enter the operation theatre with you and the procedure starts with the administering of the anaesthesia.

The Aftermath

You would be left with a 4-6 inch scar on your belly after the process. The tiny stitch takes about half an hour to conduct properly. Once your baby is out of the womb, there is almost always a few minutes of physical contact with the mother or your companion in the operation theatre. In some cases, immediate breastfeeding is done. The pediatrician will then examine your baby to see if they are as healthy as they’re supposed to be.

You would be moved out of the operation theatre into a recovery room. After a post delivery check up, if everything checks out, you could be discharged as fast as the day after the delivery as some women do prefer to recover at home. The movement is also beneficial in preventing blood clots from forming. Else, you would be asked to stay for 3-4 days after the delivery. You would be provided with painkillers to make the post delivery recovery as smooth as possible.

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