Human reproduction over the years has seen two kinds of birth – natural vaginal births and C-section deliveries. There are a ton of myths attached to C-section deliveries. There should be an aim to raise awareness and educate people about Caesareans and we need to discourage it for those mothers who do not need or will benefit from this procedure. Ideally, a vaginal delivery is the most natural form of birthing but lack of awareness forces a lot of mothers to undergo C-section and there is not enough information on post operative recovery and care for those mothers to get back to good health.
What is a C-section?
A c-section is a surgical procedure opted for, when a vaginal birth comes with high risks and complications. Here, the baby is delivered through an incision on the front wall of the abdomen and the womb.
The conditions for a C-section are:
- When the baby is in a breech position or feet first
- The mother has gone into premature labour
- The labour does not progress in a normal manner
- There is a viral infection like a Hepatitis C or HIV
- The mother has the condition of placenta praevia where the placenta is low lying and covers a part of the entrance to the womb
Of late, the number of C-sections have gone up and many are not due to the above mentioned complications. Much of the C-section deliveries may be attributed due to rise in multiple births, poor and unhealthy lifestyle like weight gain and obesity in pregnant women, increasing number of older women giving birth, induced labour and the recent trend of healthcare providers and health insurance companies pushing for C-section over vaginal deliveries.
Some healthcare providers try to avoid giving the complete picture about informed choices of birthing. They will instead push for a C-section over a vaginal delivery to avoid complications and uncertainties like loss of life of either the mother or the child and the uncertain wait-time that comes with the latter.
After the baby’s arrival, we forget about the mother’s health and what implications and long term complications a C-section delivery brings with it. There may be a greater risk of infection, poor nursing capacity, blood clots, intense longer lasting pain and multiple hospital visits after a C section.
Next time, someone mentions C-section , help them make an informed choice.