4 July 2012

Caesarean Sections. Part 2

Posted by Jody under: Women's Health .

About 4 to 5 percent of babies are breech, and a significant number are delivered by Caesarean because some doctors aren’t comfortable delivering breeches vaginally. Up to half of these babies can be turned headfirst in utero; a procedure called a version.

If your doctor is considering an elective Caesarean section because the baby is in a breech (butt or feet first) position, ask about cephalic version. Applying her hands to the mother’s abdomen, the doctor gradually shifts the position of the fetus, guided by ultrasound. After a version, the baby is in the vertex (headfirst) position and has a greater likelihood of being born vaginally.

If you do need a Cesarean, bear in mind that most women are up and around and eating the next day and only spend about three or four days in the hospital. Unlike other types of surgery, the recovery time from a Caesarean appears to be faster, perhaps because when you have a new baby, your body responds with the release of endorphins, hormones that help us feel good.

Many people think the number of cesareans performed in the United States these days is too high, but nobody knows what an ideal Caesarean rate is. It is important to talk matters over with your midwife or doctor if a Caesarean is recommended to be sure you and your partner are comfortable with the reasons for it. And remember, having a Caesarean isn’t a defeat, or a sign of failure. Often it is a needed because you grew a large, healthy baby.

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