Giving Birth - Caesarean Section by primusboy


									Giving Birth - Caesarean Section
Caesarean sections, also called c-sections or spelled cesarean sections,
is a form of childbirth. In this type of childbirth, a surgical incision
is made through a mother's abdomen and uterus to deliver the baby or
babies. This procedure, historically, has been performed when a normal,
vaginal delivery would put either the baby's or the mother's life or
health at risk. Recently, it has become more requested by people for
births that would otherwise have been normal.
Not all caesarean sections are the same as there are several different
types. The main differences are related to the deep incision made on the
uterus, below the skin and subcutaneous tissue. They should be
differentiated from the skin incision, such as a pfannenstiel incision.
A classical caesarean section uses a midline longitudinal incision. The
placement of the incision allows for a large space to deliver the baby.
Unfortunately, this type is rarely performed today because it frequently
results in complications.
A lower uterine segment section is the type of c-section most frequently
used in hospitals and clinics today. This type of c-section uses a
transverse cut just above the bladder. It is more frequently used because
it results in less blood loss and is easier to repair.
An emergency c-section is performed after labor has started. Crash c-
sections are performed when there is some sort of emergency. These can be
complications of pregnancy which onset suddenly during labor. They are
most frequently used when swift action is necessary to prevent the deaths
of the mother, child(ren), or both.
A caesarean hysterectomy consists of a caesarean section which is
followed by a hysterectomy. This type of c-section can be performed in
cases of bleeding which cannot be stopped or when the placenta cannot be
separated from the uterus.
There have been other types of c-sections used historically. In many
hospitals now, particularly in Argentina, the United Kingdom, the United
States, Canada, Australia, Norway, and New Zealand, the woman's birth
partner is encouraged to attend the surgery to support the mother and
share the experience.
As with any surgery, there are risks involved to all involved. A c-
section is particularly dangerous when it is an emergency c-section. This
is because something has occurred that has caused the surgeons attending
the birth to feel the need to remove the baby surgically.
If you would like more information on c-sections and other issues
relating to birth, please visit
Joseph Devine

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