When is a C-Section Necessary, and When Is It Not?
While most childbirths are healthy, some are not. If complications arise during pregnancy, doctors often recommend a c-section. Do not worry if you or your loved ones been advised a c-section; it’s more common than you think and safe.
What is it?
C-Section or the Cesarean delivery is one of the standard methods of delivery. The doctor takes the baby out by cutting the abdomen and uterus. The surgery is conducted for 32.7% of all births, though the rate should be around 10 to 15%. WHO releases the statistics, and it also holds the surgical process responsible for possible disability and even death for the other. The best method is the vaginal delivery where a baby is pushed out naturally from the vagina.
Cases where C-Section is required
C-Section should only occur when it is medically necessary. It is a surgery which assists the mother to have a proper delivery where there are risks with vaginal delivery or cases where it is not possible. Your doctor will determine the decision of delivery method after judging various issues and medical conditions of the mother and the baby.
C-Section should not be regularly used because of its convenience. It is only applicable when the regular delivery cannot be done. The following cases may require a C-Section for a safe delivery and promote the health of the mother and child.
Health conditions of Mother
Certain health conditions may make normal delivery difficult for you. C-Section may opt if
• Any health condition like heart problems makes vaginal delivery a risk
• You have high blood pressure where the baby needs Delivery quickly
Position of the Baby
The position of the baby in the uterus or the placenta may make vaginal delivery dangerous. Your doctor may prescribe C-Section if:
• The position of the baby is feet first instead of head first
• There are chances of the baby going through the birth canal sideways
• There is more than one baby in your womb
• The placenta obstructs the cervix
• The umbilical cord is blocked cutting supply of oxygen while delivery
Physical conditions Deterring Standard Delivery
Your and the baby’s physical structure and shape may not be ideal for giving healthy birth. C-Section will be required when
• The baby has an amazing big head
• The mother has a narrow or fractured pelvis
• Previous C-Section incisions turn a uterus vulnerable to ruptures
• The baby cannot pass due to presence of obstructions like fibroid in birth canal
• The labor is not induced properly
• Contractions are unable to open the cervix to pass the baby through
Distressed Baby condition
Distressing conditions of the unborn child may prompt your doctor to suggest a C-Section. Babies with irregular heart rates or disrupted oxygen supply may need surgery for delivery. Such obstructions may develop when the umbilical cord goes down the cervix before the baby and gets squeezed.