April is currently Cesarean Awareness Month which is an issue that resonates so heavily with me and one I feel we all need to be more aware of.
There is still, unbelievably so much incorrect information, misguided thoughts and opinions out there surrounding C-Section births.
As you may already know, both my children were born by C-Section. My daughter was born by emergency cesarean at 34 weeks and my son at 35 weeks which then resulted in me having a general anaesthetic and missing his birth entirely.
Did I volunteer it? hell no. If I had a choice I would have given birth vaginally with no drugs in a birthing pool listening to whale music whilst my husband looked on admiringly at the wonder of birth.
‘Sometimes the best moments in life are the ones you didn’t plan at all’
Therefore for today’s post; I’m publishing the following information in the hope it will be shared over and over to draw awareness.
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Nowadays, the statistics in regard to the amount of women performing C-sections are alarming. The number has doubled or even tripled in many different parts of the world. But that is not attributed to a higher rate of pregnancy complications and health conditions. This is due to an effective promotion of Cesarean as a way to give birth in a painless mode. But few people know that Cesarean is only advised to be performed in several circumstances and that it might trigger negative health implications. That’s why the Cesarean Awareness Month celebrated each April is a great occasion to raise the awareness and tell future-to-be parents about the importance of learning as much information as needed to ensure a healthy childbirth.
What is Cesarean?
Cesarean or C-section is a procedure carried out in special circumstances usually unexpectedly during the birth itself and it implies an incision into the abdominal wall and the womb in order to extract the baby. Cesarean is a somewhat risky procedure and should therefore be carried out with maximum precision and utmost caution.
Why is it Done?
The c-section is normally done when the mother’s or the baby’s health is at risk. This procedure should never be considered as a way to give birth for health mothers because of specific risk factors for their health. The following reasons are known to why the woman should undergo a Cesarean.
These are some of the most common causes. However, there are some other ones that can trigger planned or unplanned Cesarean. During the Cesarean awareness month, you can learn more on what should be considered as a potential cause for scheduling a Cesarean.
Steps to be taken before the Cesarean
- Take a blood test to check for anemia.
- Use prescribed antibiotics.
- Take antacids in order to minimize acidity in your body.
How to Perform a Cesarean?
Prior to the incision, you are most likely to be given an epidural or a regional anesthetic so as to ease your pain. In rare cases, general anesthetic is used. Also to ease your pain, the table is most likely to be tilted sideways (15 degrees angle). In rare cases, general anesthetic is used. Now the procedure itself doesn’t last more than 40 or 50 minutes. A special screen will be placed in your tummy for you to see how your baby is born (upon your wish).
The surgeon makes a horizontal cut on your bikini line to cut the womb then and extract the baby. Once your baby is delivered, you will be injected the oxytocin hormone in order to minimize blood loss and help the womb contract. The Cesarean will end by closing the area with dissolvable stitches.
How to Recover after a cesarean?
Once in the recovery room, you will have to undergo a series of tests in order to observe your health condition during the next hours. You will be checked for your blood pressure, heart rate as well as if you experience any pains. Doctors might prescribe you painkillers such as paracetamol or even morphine.
But when it comes to a Cesarean, the cases should be analyzed individually. Therefore, the recovery procedure might differ. Health professional advice is recommended in order to learn all the ins and outs of a Cesarean. Therefore, make sure you learn more during the Cesarean Awareness month. You might not even need a Cesarean in the first place.
Purpose of Cesarean Awareness Month
The Cesarean Awareness Month has a very noble which is to ensure future parents get essential information on Cesarean in the first place. It makes sure that the future mother and father understand that in many cases a c-section can be avoided and should be avoided. In other cases it will educate them to go for a Cesarean if there are any potential health risks. The Cesarean Awareness Month also promotes* vaginal birth after Cesarean.
What you can do on Cesarean Awareness Month?
You are advised to get involved in April and start your campaign of offering essential information on Cesarean for the future to be moms right from the start. You can go for distributing flyers or organizing meetings with health practitioners and invite all of your community to get educated on the topic.