5 things any mother-to- be- should know about Caesarean section

Caesarean section, also known as C-section, is the use of surgery to deliver one or more babies. A Caesarean section is often performed when a vaginal delivery would put the baby or mother at risk.

This may include obstructed labour, twin pregnancy, high blood pressure in the mother, breech birth, problems with the placenta, umbilical cord or shape of the pelvis, and previous C-section.

A trial of vaginal birth in some of these situations, including after C-section, may be possible. Some C-sections are also performed upon request.The World Health Organization recommends that they should be done based on medical need and in many cases they are lifesaving for the mother and baby.

Dr Elly Odongo says that there are five things to keep in mind for any mother to be

The obstetrician’s role is to support the woman in the decision making process to choose a delivery mode based on information given and governed by medical ethics

Do not be quick to reject emergency interventions because in some situations, it is the safest option

When a woman is a low risk patient-delivering for the first time-there is reason to seek a second opinion when the doctor proposes a CS because the procedure affects the entire obstetrics career of the woman.
When the first birth is by CS, there is almost a 90 per cent chance that the next birth will be through the same procedure and thereafter, it rises to 100 per cent

When one is expecting twins and pregnancy is a) Low risk b) Twin one (first twin) in cephalic presentation;one can question the need for CS

Based on the knowledge and information given to the woman, if she feels that it is a ‘provider preference’Caesarean section, based not on existing circumstances, she can ask for a second opinion.

Source: Standard Digital