Vaginal Birth After Cesarean

In most countries of the world, a vaginal birth following a cesarean is not unusual. The past 15 years have witnessed a surge of new information in this country strongly supporting the position that the majority of women can have a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC, pronounced VEE back). If you had a transverse uterine …

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Exercise After A Cesarean

Because having a cesarean involves major surgery, you will be sore after¬wards and will require longer to fully recover than if you had delivered vaginally. Postpartum exercises will need to be delayed for a couple of weeks, and you will need to check with your doctor before beginning them. However, you can start some simple …

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Postpartum Period After C-Section

The average stay in the hospital after a cesarean is 3 to 4 days. The IV and catheter will remain in place for approximately 24 hours following the surgery. The IV will provide you with nourishment and adequate fluids until your intestines begin to function again. The catheter will give your bladder time to recover …

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The Cesarean Baby’s Condition

No two babies are alike, cesarean babies included. One noticeable difference between vaginally delivered and planned cesarean babies is that the head of a cesarean infant is nicely shaped because it was not molded by the birth process. If you were in labor for many hours prior to the cesarean, some molding may be noticeable. …

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Recovery Room After C-Section

Once the repair work is completed, you will be taken to the recovery room. You will stay there until the staff feels that you are stable, usually about 1 to 2 hours. During this time, a nurse will check your blood pressure, temperature, pulse, respiration, and vaginal and incisional bleeding. If your uterus becomes soft, …

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Skin and Uterine Incisions

A cesarean delivery requires two incisions—one in the skin and one in the uterus. Both can be done either vertically or horizontally. Most commonly, both incisions are made horizontally. If a woman has had previous abdominal surgery, the doctor will remove the old scar and use that area for the skin incision. Therefore, if the …

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Surgical Procedure for Cesarean Section

Depending on the hospital, your delivery will take place either in the labor and delivery area or in a surgical operating room. The location might be a factor in your partner’s participation. Some hospitals have a policy of not allowing any relatives in the operating room.   Whether your cesarean is planned or unplanned, you …

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Cesarean Birth – [Introducing Section 9]

A cesarean birth is one in which the baby is delivered through incisions in the abdominal wall and uterus, instead of through the vagina. The medical term for this type of birth is cesarean section, which is often shortened to c-section. Cesarean sections occur in approximately 21 percent of all births. Therefore, you need to …

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Preoperative Procedures for Cesarean

If you are having a planned cesarean, you have the choice of entering the hospital the day before the surgery or on the morning of the baby’s birth. Some women choose the second option because it gives them one more night at home with family members. This can be important, especially if small children are …

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Planned and Unplanned Cesarean

There are two types of cesarean births—planned and unplanned. Most primary (first-time) cesarean births are unplanned. Many of the same routines are followed for both types of cesareans, although they might be done in a different order and often somewhat more hurried in an unplanned cesarean. When dealing with an emergency cesarean, more stress is …

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