Csection Avoid how to

A C-section or Cesarean Section is a surgery done to remove a baby from the womb when a vaginal birth is no longer an option or not going well. A vertical or horizontal incision is made through the mother’s abdomen and uterus to remove the baby.

C-sections are done for a number of reasons including:

* The Placenta is laying low in the uterus partially or entirely covering the cervix

*The Placenta has separated or separates from the uterine wall

* The Uterus ruptures

* The Baby has its feet down when labor begins or is in transverse position (shoulder first)

*The umbilical cord exits the womb before the baby during labor

*The baby is not handling labor well which may include by irregular heartbeat or is not getting enough oxygen

*The bag of water has broken and labor is not beginning

*The baby’s head is too large to fit through the mother’s pelvis

*The mother has an active or contagious STD

*The baby is growing abnormally, for example if the mother has gestational diabetes

*The mother develops high blood pressure during pregnancy

*There are known birth defects that require a c-section

* There are multiple fetuses (This does not guarantee a c-section but increases the chance.)

*The mother has already had a c-section

*There is another health issue in the mother or fetus

*The mother has elected to have a c-section for personal reasons

As of 2007 the cesarean rate per one hundred births in the United States alone reached 32%, an all time high. C-sections carry an increased risk of infection, a longer recovery time, and can cause complications with future pregnancies. All of the above are great reasons to learn how to avoid a c-section.

Before you even go into labor, you should begin taking steps to prevent a cesarean section. The first thing is to educate yourself on the birthing process. If you know what to expect you are more likely to remain calm, collected, and do what you need to do to get that baby out the natural way. Labor and Delivery classes are good way to do this. These classes will explain what happens during a labor in detail with pictures and usually even film of real births. They also will explain how to breathe and push during your labor for maximum results.

It is also a good idea to have a birth plan in writing. This should not be a step by step guide on how you want your labor to go but in black and white what you do not want to happen and do want to happen such as pain medications, people present, and your feelings on c-sections. This pre-prepared information warns who ever is delivering and helping deliver your baby what you want and don’t want even if you are in too much pain to clearly articulate these feelings.

Second, you need to be as healthy as possible throughout your pregnancy. Eat right, exercise often including kegels and get plenty of rest. Stamina and the power of your pushes will do a lot to determine how long your labor is and how easy.

The next big step in preventing a c-section is to choose the right doctor and hospital. Knowledge is a powerful weapon in the battle for a vaginal birth. Knowing your delivery team is equally as important as knowing how to care for your own body.

When choosing a doctor or mid-wife ask questions. Find out how they feel about c-sections both by asking them and past patients if you happen to know any. You may even try googling reviews of your doctor to find past patients. Is it something they do often? Something they avoid at all costs? Also note that midwives tend to perform cesarean sections less often than doctors. Considering a mid-wife may be a route to take.

When choosing a birth location find out what their rate of c-sections is. This can be a good indicator of how prone to performing cesareans they are. As a guide line under 15% is a good number. If you’ve previously had a c-section also ask both your hospital and doctor ahead of time how they feel about vaginal births after c-sections or VBACs. Many practitioners won’t even perform VBACs anymore due to the increased risk of complication.<

The final steps to avoid a c-section are done during your labor.

First, if it is suggested you should be induced, be sure it is absolutely necessary. Inductions cause labors to often go very quickly, which can put unnecessary strain on the baby and lead to c-sections. Second, labor as long as possible at home. If possible wait until you are about 3 cm dilated.  Many mothers end up with c-sections from anxiety that is increased by being in the hospital. Receiving pain medication too early can also lead to weak pushing and so cesarean sections.

Lastly, if it comes to you being told you need a c-section, ask why. If this reason is not putting the baby in immediate danger such as the doctor suggests the baby is too big, or your pushing is not making enough progress and you’re wearing yourself out, stick to your guns. Tell the doctor you want to keep trying and try, hard. If your baby is in immediate danger don’t argue. While a c-section is not what most women want, a healthy baby is what every woman wants.