Caesarian section delivery: Caesarian section delivery or C-section is the delivery of a baby by surgical process, instead of the normal vaginal birth. It is usually performed when the life of the baby or the mother is at risk. Sometimes, due to certain complications, like the baby being too big to pass through the vaginal canal etc., a normal delivery or labor becomes impossible and thus, to save the life of both mother and the baby, a surgical delivery has to be opted for instead. In fact, Caesarian section delivery is quite common, with almost one out of three babies being born through this procedure in America alone.
A Caesarian section is an incision or cut made in the mother’s belly and womb (uterus). C-section deliveries can be planned in advance, or in certain cases where a problem arises during the labor, in an emergency also. C-section deliveries are mostly harmless for both mother and the baby, and in some cases it is even life saving.
Complications giving rise to Caesarian delivery case: Although natural childbirth through the vaginal canal is preferable, sometimes, due to unforeseen complications, the surgical process has to be performed. It is always better for the mother to know all about Caesarian delivery cases well in advance, so that they are prepared for it if any unplanned emergency does crop up.
The complications that may arise in a Caesarian delivery case are:
If the mother has already had a C-section in a previous pregnancy, or any other surgery in the uterus.
The size of the baby is too large to pass through the vaginal canal.
The baby enters the vaginal canal in a breech position, i.e. feet and buttocks first, instead of the head.
If the baby enters the vaginal canal in a traverse position, i.e. shoulders enter first instead of the head.
Problems with the placenta (organ which feeds the baby inside the womb), causing heavy bleeding during vaginal birth.
The labor is too slow or the process stops.
Sometimes the baby’s umbilical cord slips into the vagina, causing the cord to be constricted during vaginal childbirth.
The mother having some infections likes HIV or Genital Herpes.
The mother having twins or triplets or more.
The baby developing ‘fetal distress’ problems like slow heart rate.
The mother having diabetes or high blood pressure.
Any birth defect in the baby.
Caesarian delivery video: To know more about Caesarian delivery, women can take the help of videos, which show the procedure in a step-by-step manner, and also explain the total C-section delivery process, along with the risks and benefits. The Internet has many informative websites that have videos on Caesarian deliveries.
Risks in Caesarian delivery and labor: Although Caesarian delivery or induced labor is not dangerous in these modern times, however, it is a major surgery, and poses the same risks that any surgical and anesthetic procedures entail.
Caesarian delivery or labor can be especially risky in a pre-term delivery. The anesthesia can affect the child during the delivery, because the drugs administered to the mother can make the baby inactive and drowsy. The baby can also develop some initial breathing problems, and breastfeeding may be difficult after a C-section delivery.
The other problems that may develop in a woman after a C-section delivery are:
Infection in the uterus or other nearby organs due to the incision.
Allergic reactions due to medications.
Formation of blood clots in the legs, pelvic organs or lungs. The bladder or the bowel may also get injured.
Placental problems may arise again in the next pregnancy.
Hence, the health care professionals always suggest that women should only opt for a C-section delivery if the benefits of the procedure outweigh the risks.