C-sectionCesarean delivery (C-section) is a gynecological surgical procedure done to give birth to a baby. Performed under anesthesia (spinal block or combined epidural-spinal), it involves a cut in the abdomen and uterus of the mother.

You may need a Cesarean in case pregnancy complications have developed and vaginal delivery may pose a danger to your or baby’s life.

However, many women willfully opt for C-section (elective cesarean) to evade the labor pain during vaginal births.

When is C-section required?

Below are some of the conditions in which your doctor may recommend C-section for delivery of the baby. (The list is not exhaustive and only includes some of the most common ones)

  • Abnormal position of the baby may obstruct vaginal delivery – breech (when baby’s feet/buttocks enter the birth canal first) or transverse baby (positioned on side).
  • When your labor is stalled or not progressing (cervix opening is not enough to deliver the baby even after several hours of labor pain)
  • Abnormal changes in the heartbeat of your baby
  • Carrying multiple babies
  • When the umbilical cord tangles around the neck of your baby or if it is pressed by the uterus
  • When the cervix opening is covered through placenta
  • When you have other health concerns such as heart problems, high blood pressure or HIV etc.
  • Often when mother’s age is 40 years or above

Risks of C-section

Though found very rare, some risks of C-section are:

  • Infection in the uterus lining (endometritis)
  • Increased bleeding
  • Adverse reactions to anesthesia
  • Blood clotting in veins of legs or pelvic organs
  • Surgical injury to nearby organs

Cost of C-section

The cost of C-section in India is approximately US$1200.

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