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.
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.