Having a caesarean: the most common questions about C sections explained
There are three different types of C sections. An elective C section is when the decision has been made before birth even starts. An emergency C section happens when the baby shows distress during labor or there is little progress. A crash C section is a real emergency where the baby needs to be delivered ASAP. During a C section you are given anesthesia and the doctor separates the abdominal muscle and opens the amniotic sac and lifts the baby out of the sac. Women have the freedom of choice on whether or not they’d like a C section or not as well.
- An elective caesarean is typically done if the baby is breech, there is a placenta praevia, or the mother is HIV positive.
- A crash caesarean is done when there is an emergency, and the baby needs to be delivered through caesarean under general anesthesia right away.
- The most common forms of anesthesia used during caesarean sections are spinal anesthetics or traditional epidurals.
“You won’t feel any pain, but you may feel some pushing and ‘rummaging’, then pressure as your baby is lifted out”