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When is a Cesarean section needed or What happens during the assisted birth?

Updated on August 4, 2014

You all heard of Cesarean sections and natural birth. But do you really know what is happening during a C-section? Do you know what the steps your doctor will perform?

This Hub is for all mothers that are still afraid or don’t have the entire picture yet! I won’t plead for natural birth. It is really a choice the future mom has to make and no one should interfere!

More and more doctors suggest their patients to choose a C-Section as it is the best way to protect the child.

Most women find that they will be subjected to surgery in the last moment.


When is C-Section required?

Here are some cases when assisted birth is required:

  • The baby's head is too large to fit through the pelvis. Head’s size can be determined by ultrasound or may be alleged as a result of previous difficult births.
  • The fetus suffers from diseases or malformations and natural birth could be risky or traumatic.
  • The mother had a previous Cesarean intervention due to an abnormal form of the pelvis or a disease, or if there was performed a vertical incision in the uterus.
  • The mother suffers from hypertension or kidney disease, which would make her unable to bear the stress of labor.

The role that the mother will have in a Cesarean section is limited and is related to the period prior to arrival at hospital. You have to physically prepare for such an intervention.

Doctors say that there is no risk of pain or distress which always happens when you give birth naturally.

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What happens during a Cesarean intervention?

A typical Cesarean section consists of following steps:

1. Shaving the pubic hair and placing a catheter into the bladder to empty it and keep the urine away.

2.  The Abdomen will be washed with sterile antiseptic solution. If you want to stay awake they will place a screen on your shoulders’ level to prevent you from watching the intervention.

3. Your doctor may give you injections to increase the speed of the birth process if this is required.

4. The purpose of anesthesia is lower body numbness, allowing you to remain awake. Sometimes, when the child must be born immediately, general anesthesia is used.

5.  When your doctor is sure that you are under anesthesia he will make an incision (cut) in the lower abdomen. It feels like a zipper being opened in that area, but you will not feel any pain.

6.  A second incision is made in the lower uterine segment. Amniotic sac is opened and the liquids are extracted.

7.  The child is removed manually or by forceps while an assistant presses the upper segment of the uterus. Now you will probably feel some pressure.

8.  Child's nose and mouth will be cleaned and he/she will cry.

9. The umbilical cord will be cut quickly and the child will receive the same care as if a normal birth took place. Now the doctor removes the placenta.

10. The doctor will perform a quick examination of your genital organs and sew the incisions he made.

11. You may be given an injection of oxytocin combined with infusions to prevent bleedings in the uterus. Also antibiotics will prevent any possible infection.

12.  Depending on your condition and common practices of the hospital, your baby can be given to you now.

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    • edwards101 profile image

      edwards101 7 years ago from Panama City, FL

      Intriguing in a good way i hope! :)

      Its just i love my son so much and since i am a dad-at-home i know a lot about raising kids. Some women friends recently asked me questions about pregnancy i thought i should share what i know with other women too!


    • breathe2travel profile image

      breathe2travel 7 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

      I read your hub on hub hopping so did not see your pic until you commented. :) Your gender makes your interest in obstetrics intriguing. :)

    • edwards101 profile image

      edwards101 7 years ago from Panama City, FL

      Thanks breathe2travel for your comment and votes!

      I think you should know i am a man and a dad...:) but i am extremely interested in everything related to pregnancy. Especially in young mother's behavior during pregnancy. I want all the babies to be born without any sorts of problems...physical, psychological or intellectual!


    • breathe2travel profile image

      breathe2travel 7 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

      I had all five of my children naturally & vaginally, with the exception of a shot of demeral -- just my choice after researching effects of anesthesia, epidural, etc.

      I know women who, like you, prefer the c-section.

      Very informative - admittedly, made me just a touch queasy!

      voted useful & up.

      Warmest regards~