Caesarean Section Birth
A caesarean section is a procedure that is performed to give a surgical birth to a baby. It is applicable under certain conditions when a mother fails to provide a natural birth to a baby. On some occasions a mum to be requests an elective c section. This may be due to pain in pelvis nr 37 weeks .A consultant will look at each case individually before deciding if its safe to go ahead.
In the medical field, the term C-section is commonly used for this kind of procedure. Every mother prefers a realistic delivery procedure; however, in some cases, this is not possible. Problems like high blood pressure, hormonal and anatomical issues further complicate the process of natural birth, and under such circumstances, the only option left behind is the caesarean section birth. At present, giving birth through C-section is relatively safe as compared to the past. In the UK, every 1 woman out of 4 is giving birth through C-section.
When was the Caesarean section first done?
The first C-section was guessed to be done at least 715 BC according to the chronicles found. Stories of the caesarean section were also found in Roman History as accounts revealed that this procedure did Julius Caesar’s birth. In ancient times, this procedure was rarely opted by physicians due to its complexity.
Physicians only used this procedure when the mother dies or faces dying during labour. Up to 1500, the archives revealed that mothers’ survival rate following C-section was meagre due to excessive bleeding and numerous infections.
The first-ever case of mother survival was recorded in 1580 in Siegersausen when the doctor performed this procedure on Jacob Nufer’s wife because her labour was not initiating. The term caesarean section was first used in J. Guillimeau, which was published in 1598.
Why do mothers need caesarean section more often in the 21st century?
At present times, mothers have to go through the caesarean section due to many complications. Some common difficulties are: the baby’s feet coming out first (breech birth), the baby is coming out horizontally across the uterus (transverse labour), or the umbilical cord is getting wrapped around the baby’s neck, foot, or any other part of the body.
In some cases, the baby’s head is too big for the mother’s birth canal, or due to any growth abnormality doctors usually recommend C-section. In aged mothers, blood pressure towards the uterus is so high that it may threaten the baby’s life, so the doctor hurries with birth through C-section. All the cases mentioned above lead to a planned cesarean section. However, sometimes at the time of delivery, complexities arise, and the situation demands an unplanned C-section. For example, in stalled labour, failure in the progression of labour pain, placental eruption, etc.
How is the caesarean section performed?
The procedure for performing a caesarean or C-section is relatively safe and straightforward compared to natural vaginal birth. This procedure is usually done with spinal anaesthesia, followed by a 6-inch cut on the lower abdomen. Then a final cut on the uterus results in the delivery of a baby. The whole process of a C-section usually lasts for 40-45 minutes.
Is it safe to recommend caesarean section over natural birth?
Despite the advances in the medical facilities that make a caesarean section a safe and sound procedure, there are still chances that complications may arise. Complications associated with C-section during birth can make the life of both mother and child at stake. Therefore, it is a common practice that a medical staff usually go for standard delivery and consider C-section an option only in the case of an emergency.
Its hospital policy as to whether a dad or birthing partner can go to theatre during the operation. More strict procedures are now in place due to covid-19 . please check with your hospital on their policy on this .