How To Make the C-Section Decision

Having their first baby is the highlight of any married couple's life. It adds strength and stability to the bond that parents have. That's why it is important to plan ahead and know every detail, from the start of pregnancy to the delivery of the baby.  In some situations, cesarean section is an important and even life-saving procedure for the mothers and babies. It is very important that you weigh the expected benefits of the C section against the possible risks of the procedure when making your decision. Here are situations that may lead to a C section.

Urgent heath situations. In a small percentage of pregnancies, urgent situations may arise that may threaten the life of the mother and/or the baby. An example is when the baby is not getting enough oxygen or when the mother is bleeding heavily. Such situations, which can occur during pregnancy or while giving birth may require the C section procedure.

Non-urgent health situations. In some situations, your OB GYN or family doctor may recommend a cesarean section because of health concerns for the mother and/or the baby. This usually happens before giving birth wherein you will have time to decide and discuss the issues with a doctor.

Non-medical situations. A number of people opt to consider or suggest to choose the C section for reasons that do not involve the health of the mother and the baby. It is important to research and have a full understanding of the risks and benefits involved.

For the non-urgent health and non-medical situations, you have the choice of having a C section or give birth the natural way.  If your OB GYN or family doctor recommends that you have a cesarean section you must ask these four questions:

  • What procedures are involved when having cesarean surgery? This will give you an overview and some general details that you have to know when making a decision. It is important to fully understand the procedure and be part of the decision making process 100% of the way.
  • What benefits does c-section have in my case? Since there are a lot of possibilities and situations during pregnancy, it is crucial that you know which specific condition you are in. This will narrow the circumstances a bit and will also give you a better picture of the real situation.
  • What potential problems or disadvantages might there be? After asking about the benefits of the procedure, you must put the potential problems into the process. Knowing what could go wrong will allow you to weigh the situation better and consider the pros and cons of the C section for your specific case.
  • What are the pros and cons of vaginal birth in my case?  After a detailed study of the C section procedure and its pros and cons, you must now consider the alternative-vaginal birth. Knowing also the advantages and disadvantages of vaginal birth will give you a complete picture of where you're at.

    Since you are the person who will undergo the procedure and it is your baby, you are in the best position to decide what risks are important to you. Always remember, whether you wish to plan a vaginal birth or a cesarean section, it is important to make this decision on the basis of complete, accurate, unbiased information.


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