Your Melomed gynaecologist aims to support you and will be happy to discuss your birthing options, normal or
caesarean delivery with you.
A Caesarean section, (also C-section, Caesarian section, Cesarean section, Caesar, etc.)
is a surgical procedure in which one or more incisions are made through a mother's abdomen (laparotomy)
and uterus (hysterotomy) to deliver one or more babies.
A Caesarean section is usually performed when a vaginal delivery would put the baby's or mother's life or health at risk,
although in recent times it has been also performed upon request for childbirths that could otherwise have been natural.
When it is clear during a pregnancy, but prior to labor, that there is a medical or obstetrical reason to choose
delivery via caesarean section, physicians will commonly perform the operation at a scheduled time,
rather than waiting for the onset of labor. Such planned caesarean sections are performed for many reasons,
including history of previous caesarean section, placenta previa, abnormal presentations, multiple pregnancy,
known obstructions of labor, medical conditions (such as heart disease).
The advantages of performing the delivery at a scheduled time include use of daytime services when hospital
resources are optimal, and the ability to plan and prepare for the event.
Elective Caesareans are best discussed with your gynaecologist.