C-section births are a hot topic within the parenting world. Some mother’s may elect to have these for various reasons, and schedule their caesarean. This is known as a planned (or elective) C-section. Other moms may need to have this procedure done, even though they have elected to give natural birth. This is commonly known as an emergency C-section. We will take a look at this procedure and all topics surrounding it below.
What Are Elective C-Section Births?
Elective, or planned caesareans take place generally when there is a medical complication involved causing the mother to be at risk giving natural birth. A mother will be guided towards this operation on advice from either her midwife, or obstetrician. Common reasons for elective C-section births are:
- Problems surrounding the mothers placenta placement, such as placenta praevia (a low-lying placenta)
- The baby’s position in the womb will compromise the natural birth, such as a breech baby
- Twins, or multiple babies
What Are Emergency C-Section Births?
Emergency tends to send chills down one’s spine, particularly when your children are involved. However, emergency C-sections are not as ominous as they sound. They are neither rushed nor mean you or your baby are necessarily in danger. Reasons for an emergency C-section birth include:
- Your labour is not progressing
- You do not go into labour after being induced by your doctor and you are already over your due date
- You experience vaginal bleeding during pregnancy or birth
- Your baby or your health becomes a concern to your physician
- You go into labour before a scheduled elective C-section
Experiencing A C-Section Birth
If you have been a C-section mom – planned or not – know that there are means to help you through both the preparation for, and recovery after having the procedure done. Take a look at our other posts this month to see how to prepare for a caesarean birth as well as the home recovery thereafter!