Modern medicines development has made cesareans a routine procedure. There are numerous indications for this kind of surgery and for many women it is the only way to give birth safely.
WHEN IS A CESAREAN SECTION PERFORMED?
Some women suffer from conditions that can render a normal delivery dangerous. These include eclampsia that doesn’t respond to medication or heart failure. Insulin treatment for diabetes can make the baby overweight and a vaginal delivery impossible. If you have myopia over 3 diopters there’s a risk that pushing can cause retinal detachment.
Anomalies of the placenta (placenta praevia, accreta or an abrubtion) or birth canal issues are indications for a c -section as well.
When the baby is in an oblique or transverse position or the umbilical cord has prolapsed into the vagina, a c-section should be performed. If the baby is breech, natural delivery can be attempted. If you’re pregnant with twins and the first twin isn’t breech you can try giving birth vaginally.
EMERGENCY CESAREAN SECTION
Deliveries are a very dynamic process and changes can occur at any moment. Sometimes in the course of a natural delivery a c-section might be needed after careful assessment by the medical team. This usually happens due to fetal distress or in cases of a prolonged labor. After your water breaks, the baby is no longer protected by the amniotic sac and the risk of infection increases.
ELECTIVE CESAREAN SECTION
When there are no indications for a c-section, vaginal delivery should be encouraged. Some mothers want a specific birth date for their baby. Such a practice can lead to dangerous consequences for the baby as it might not be ready to be delivered.
If you’re afraid to give birth naturally, please discuss the matter with your OBGYN or even a psychologist. Vaginal deliveries are much easier on the mom in the long run and it is even suggested that they strengthen babies’ immune system. This happens as the baby comes into contact with the vaginal flora.
However, If this is your final decision, it should be respected by your healthcare provider.