Caesarean deliveries, better known as C-section births, have lately gained a lot of popularity among women. They are no more a preferred route only for women with medical complications but are also turning out to be the preferred choice for many healthy women. Despite on the rise, caesarean deliveries are still thought to be an unhealthy option for the mother and baby. To clear doubts, we spoke to Dr Jayashree Sundar, Senior Consultant, Max Multi Speciality, Panchsheel Park, and she busted some of the much prevalent myths about caesarean deliveries.
his can be the most common myth about C-section deliveries. Delivering a baby, whether through a normal delivery or through C-section, is indeed a painful process. As far as C-section delivery is concerned, Dr Sundar said, “Though you might not feel the pain while getting operated, but once the effect of anaesthesia is over, pain and discomfort might last up to 10 to 15 days.” She further adds that labour is never a continuous process and even at its peak, pain lasts for 40 seconds and comes every two minutes. Pain is a perception felt differently by different body types and so, the ability to cope up with it also differs, she adds.
Undoubtedly, C-section is a major surgery and involves opening up abdomen and removing the baby from the uterus but “caesarean deliveries have now become safer than before as they are being practised with good aseptic measures,” says Dr Sundar. C-sections are generally considered safe and in some cases, C-section deliveries are life-saving. But, she says, the patients have to be made aware of its risks such as post operation adhesions, placenta previa and adherent placenta in future pregnancies.
Dr Sundar says that C-Section deliveries don’t affect the health of the mother or the baby in any way. However, the recovery period for the mother can be long and if there is lack of proper care, it may have long-term health implications for the mother.
If you receive epidural (regional anaesthesia) rather than general anaesthesia, (which many hospitals have now), you may breastfeed right after the delivery. A new mother might need a care giver’s help initially to latch on, which also happens in a normal delivery.
“This is not so,” says Dr Sundar. If doctors feel that the mother can deliver through a normal delivery and she gets tired of labour, they offer pain relief. After she rests for a while, they make her push the baby out. But if the situation becomes complicated, C-section deliveries are preferred.
According to experts, going for a vaginal birth after a caesarean is a safe choice for most women. It is important to consider the reasons for having opted for caesarean delivery/deliveries earlier and also, knowing the number of caesarean deliveries a woman has gone through. It is always advised to talk to your doctor openly about the risks involved during a trial of labour.
When a woman opts for VBAC (vaginal birth after caesarean), she is monitored by the physician very closely. If the mother or baby shows any signs of distress, the doctor may suggest an emergency caesarean section.
Dr Sundar says that women need to make an informed choice after understanding the risk of scar dehiscence as it may occur in 5 per cent cases.
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