A cesarean section is when a mother is not able to give birth to her baby vaginally and the baby is removed in an abdominal surgery. The mother has one or more incisions through her abdomen and uterus to remove the baby. There are a number of different reasons in which a cesarean section would be deemed necessary and appropriate:
- prolonged labor or a failure for the mother to progress naturally
- fetal distress
- cord rupture
- uterine rupture
- increased blood pressure in the mother or baby
- overly large baby
- placental problems
- failed induction of labor
These are some of the reasons a cesarean section would be necessary. C-sections are usually performed when the mother or baby is at risk and the birth needs to happen quickly. Most women are terrified of having a c-section, and should be concerned, so below are the hospitals in our area and there rates of cesarean deliveries.
- Tri-City Hospital- Oceanside, Ca: 18% of all births
- Palomar Medical Center- Escondido, Ca: 17% of all births
- Pomerado Hospital- Poway, Ca: 18% of all births
- Scripps Memorial Hospital- Encinitas, Ca- 12% of all births
- Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women- San Diego, Ca: 22% of all births
Above are five hospitals in our area and the c-section delivery rates. When you are choosing a hospital to deliver your baby you will want to keep these numbers in mind. Also, a birth plan is just that, a PLAN. In the birth plan you may wish to not have any medical interventions to help deliver your baby, however in order to feel at peace with your delivery you must keep in mind that the doctors will only suggest what they feel is the right course of treatment for you and your unborn baby. ASK QUESTIONS!!! Please ask WHY? If a c-section is recommended you need to know if you are ok? Is the baby ok? What are the options? If a caesarean section is deemed necessary for your birth please know that it is not the end of the world. You have not failed as a mother because your baby needs to be delivered via surgery instead of vaginally.
Ask that you get to see your baby as soon as possible after your time in recovery. If you plan on breast-feeding do so RIGHT AWAY- the sooner the better! (No matter what visitors are in the room) Your baby needs to latch as quickly after birth that is possible.
Recovering from a cesarean section birth can be a little bit difficult because you will be sore. Pay attention to what your body is telling you. If you are sore then take it easy and try to rest as much as possible. Once you arrive home, keep in mind that you are still recovering from a major abdominal surgery and it is not the time to deep clean your home and haul the garbage bins to the top of the driveway! Each day moving around will get easier and easier. If you try and do to much too soon you could end up rupturing stitches and requiring even MORE time to recover.
Speak with your doctor about their individual c-section rates and ask them what situations require a c-section and which ones would they allow you to try and deliver vaginally. Remember to ASK QUESTIONS! Cesarean sections do sound scary but if they are done properly in a good hospital you should recover just fine and be able to take on all the challenges motherhood throws your way in no time!
**Hospital information was found on http://www.calhospitalcompare.org **