What Is Cesarean Section (C/S)?
C/S means “Cesarean Section” which is a surgical procedure done in a pregnant woman in order to deliver her baby.
What Are The Reasons For C/S?
Reasons for Cesarean sections are divided into 3 main groups
- Mother and Child
- Maternal Reasons
- Child Reasons
I. Mother and Child Reasons
• FetoPelvic Disproportion
This simply means that the babies head cannot pass through the mothers pelvis (Birth canal).
It occurs mainly in first time pregnancies. Attempt to push can be fatal.
II. Maternal Reasons
• Previous Surgeries on the Womb:
Surgeries on the womb such as C/S or fibroid removal leaves scars on the walls of the womb and weakens it.
The pressure of pushing can lead to the scars breaking causing severe bleeding. That’s why C/S is advised.
• Birth Canal Obstruction
Sometimes there might be some tumours blocking the babies birth canal.
Instead of letting the baby suffer and die because its way has been blocked, a C/S is advised
• Maternal Diseases
Diseases such as diabetes makes the babies bigger than normal making the birth canal too small for them to pass through.
Forcing natural birth might harm the baby, so C/S is advised.
• Previous Vaginal Surgeries
The child is able to come out of the vagina because it’s elastic but when surgical procedures such as Circumcision, “Vaginal Tightening” etc have been performed on the vagina before, these procedures reduce the elasticity of the vagina and in such case the baby can’t come out, which might leave no option than to perform a cesarean section.
III. CHILD REASONS
• Fetal Distress
Its an emergency and it means the baby needs to come out immediately.
Once the doctor notices that the child is not breathing well, moving well, he would advise for C/S because it wouldn’t make sense passing a child under stress through stress.
• Mal Presentation
The baby normally comes out with the head but there are times the baby might have the buttocks, legs, hands first and in that situation, a C/S is advised to avoid complications.
What does it mean to deliver like the “Hebrew Women”? It means mother and Child being safe, after delivery.
HAVING A C/S DOES NOT MAKE YOU LESS A WOMAN. Stop the stigmatization!