Cesarean section: What You Need to Know

After the surgery, you will be taken to a recovery area where you will be closely monitored for the next couple of hours. In some hospitals, the staff will bring you the baby to hold and breastfeed. Policies vary as well as to whether your partner may be with you in recovery and whether your partner may be in the nursery with the baby.

When would you need a cesarean?
There are few situations where all obstetricians would agree that a cesarean is indicated. These would be cases such as:

Placental abruption: When the placenta detaches from the uterus.
Placenta previa: When the placenta is overlaying the cervix, the neck-like opening to the womb.
Umbilical cord prolapse: When the umbilical cord drops down into the birth canal. It could get pinched between the baby’s head and the mother’s pelvis.
Shoulder presentation: When the baby presents a shoulder to the birth canal.

These complications occur very rarely, so even in the aggregate, only a small percentage of cesareans are performed for unequivocal reasons (16).

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