Cesarean Section | C-Section

33% of American women give birth via C-Section

Obstetrics c sectionApproximately 33 percent of American women give birth via a C-section or a cesarean delivery every year.

A C-section is the delivery of a baby through a surgical incision in the mother’s abdomen and uterus. This procedure is an alternative to giving birth naturally through the vaginal canal. This approach can be planned ahead of time to deliver your baby on a set date, or if you develop pregnancy complications during a vaginal delivery.

Why would you need a C-Section?

If your labor is not progressing normally, a C-section is the next step.

What are the Risks of a C-section?C-Section

Though rare, there are risks to any procedure performed

How To Prepare For A C-Section

Your doctor may recommend certain blood tests before having a C-section, such as typing your blood in case of the unlikely event that you needed a blood transfusion.It is always good to prepare for the unexpected.  If you plan to have a vaginal delivery, it is also good to be informed of the nature of a C-section, should that have to be the necessary option for the baby’s safety.

Plan ahead and recruit family and friends to help after the C-section, as some downtime is needed to help recover for a few weeks afterward.

What To Expect During A C-Section  — Your Baby!

Cesarean Section BabyRecovery of A C-Section At The Hospital

After your procedure, most of the time you and your baby stay in the hospital for approximately three days.  Pain medication is available if you need it as the anesthesia is wearing off. You will be encouraged to take walks soon after the surgery to speed up your recovery, and help promote regularity. Your incision areas will be monitored for infection, while in the hospital as well as your bowel and bladder function.

Recovery When You Get Home

First Few Weeks – Avoid lifting and squatting and have things near you at arm’s length.

Drink plenty of fluids – After surgery, your body has lost a lot of fluids, so it is important to replace these as soon as possible. The fluids will also help prevent constipation.

Take Pain Medication as Needed – Tylenol or another acetaminophen can help relieve pain and are safe to use with breastfeeding.

Avoid Sex – 4-6 weeks after surgery, before having sex. Make sure your doctor gives you the green light!

Call Your Doctor If

In the United States, the Following Procedures are Performed Annually


It’s important that you trust your Obstetrician because the health of you and your child are in their hands during pregnancy, labor, and delivery. There are thousands of Obstetricians to choose from; however, not all doctors are created equal. That’s why we’ve selected your city’s best Obstetricians – to make the decision process easier for you and your family.

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Source: National Hospital Discharge Survey NCHS

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