Caesarean Section

Even if a normal vaginal delivery is planned, unexpected complications necessitating an emergency caesarean delivery can arise.

Caesarean Section

Increased caesarean births in South Africa

In recent years, the caesarean became more popular and commonplace and the incidence of caesarean births had increased in South Africa. Such a delivery is either pre-planned (elective) or an on-the-spot decision when labour isn’t progressing satisfactorily.

Major Abdominal Surgery

In a caesarean birth, a doctor makes an incision into the mother’s abdomen and uterus (womb). He then extracts the baby. Despite its popularity, the mother should realize that she is having major abdominal surgery. A caesarean birth puts greater demands on her body and its recovery than if she had a vaginal delivery.

Even if a normal vaginal delivery is planned, unexpected complications necessitating an emergency caesarean delivery can arise.

Why a caesarean?

Whether the caesarean is planned or carried out as an emergency procedure, it’s important to understand why it is being done. Reasons for caesarean sections include the following:

Pelvis too small, damaged or distorted in accidents, previous c/section, in some circumstances and vaginal herpes or genital warts blocking the outlet.

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