C-Sections: Know What is Myth Vs. Fact

C-Sections: Know What is Myth Vs. Fact

Birth plans are meant to be unique and personal. While you can’t necessarily choose when to have your baby, you can make decisions as far as where you want to deliver, how you want to labor, and who you want in the room with you. Another decision, however, is the actual delivery of your baby. While vaginal birth is the most natural and safest option, there are still many women who are either medically forced to have a cesarean delivery or choose to do so electively. In fact, nearly 30% of all US births are C-sections.

What is a Cesarean Birth?

A cesarean birth, more commonly called a C-section, involves delivering a baby by surgically opening up the abdomen. While this form of baby delivery has some setbacks in terms of recovery, it doesn’t have to be something that is feared or regretted. At North Pointe OB/GYN, we help you make decisions regarding your birth plan. When it comes to delivery, we start by making sure you understand the myths versus facts surrounding C-sections. Unfortunately, there are a lot of misconceptions.

Whether your pregnancy is high risk and you have a scheduled C-section, or you’re planning for a vaginal birth but you want to be prepared, here are some common cesarean delivery myths we’d like to debunk:

Myth #1: C-sections Are Quicker and Less Painful

Women may choose a C-section to avoid the pain of labor. While you may avoid the discomfort of a long labor, you won’t escape pain altogether. Modern anesthetics and pain medication can make the actual delivery a breeze, but you’ll need to expect a tougher recovery period. C-sections are considered major abdominal surgery. In addition, those who have C-sections may spend 4-5 days in the hospital, compared to the 1-2 days for routine vaginal deliveries.

Myth #2: C-sections Force You to Give Up Skin-to-Skin Time with Your Baby

Skin-to-skin contact, or laying your naked newborn baby on your chest immediately after delivery, is an important bonding moment for new moms. It even carries reported health benefits for you and your baby. The truth is, even though you may be hooked up to machines and wearing a surgical cap, you can still request skin-to-skin time with your baby after cesarean delivery.

Myth: C-sections Disqualify You From a Future Vaginal Delivery

Vaginal birth after having a C-section is called a VBAC, and it is absolutely possible. Women who don’t have high-risk pregnancies and who are in generally good health are often good candidates for a VBAC. Discuss this with your physician ahead of time.

At North Pointe OB/GYN, we take time to educate pregnant women about their options in terms of labor and delivery. Birthing your child is an incredibly special experience. While we can’t always control every aspect of your delivery, we want to make sure you feel in control and prepared for your baby’s birth as much as possible. To learn more about what to expect with a C-section, please call our Cumming clinic.

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