If your baby is born by a cesarean
section, chances are good that you can be awake for the surgery. Only in rare cases
you need general anesthesia for delivery. This means you aren't awake for the birth.
Most C-sections today are done with a regional anesthesia such as an epidural or spinal.
With this type of anesthesia, only part of the body is numbed for surgery. You are
and able to hear and see your baby as soon as they are born.
Babies born by C-section are often
checked by a nursery nurse or healthcare provider right after delivery. This is often
done right near you in the operating room. Because babies born by C-section may have
trouble clearing some of the lung fluid and mucus, they often need extra suctioning
the nose, mouth, and throat. In some cases, they may need deeper suctioning in the
Once a baby is checked over, a
nurse will wrap the baby warmly and bring the baby to you to see and touch. Many
hospitals require babies born by C-section to be watched in the nursery for a short
time. All the normal procedures such as weighing and medicines are done there. Often,
your baby can be brought to you while you are in the recovery area after surgery.
Many mothers think that they won't
be able to breastfeed after a C-section. This isn't true. Breastfeeding can start
first hours right in the recovery room, just as with a vaginal delivery.
Plan to have someone stay with you during your hospital stay after a C-section. You
will have quite a bit of pain in the first few days and will need help with the baby.