Essay on To Have Or Not To Have Caesarean Section

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To Have Or Not To Have Caesarean Section

Years ago caesarean section (c-section) was only done in cases of emergency such as when the mother’s life or the neonate’s life is in danger. However at the turn of the century, there seems to have a remarkable rise in c-section deliveries. It seems that women nowadays are willing to take the risk of surgery to avoid the stress and pain of labor rather than experience the normal trend of delivering a baby vaginally – the normal way. The majority of pregnant women believe that the best method of giving birth is the least painful but this is not necessarily the safest (Ghetti, Chan & Guise 2004).
Amazingly some obstetricians have become advocates for this surgical procedure instead of advisors
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There are many more historical incidents that one can find about c-section performed in the ancient days to prove that this surgical procedure is not new.

The Procedure – Before and After Surgery

C-section is a major surgical procedure. Preparations are done before surgery to ensure the safety of the expectant mother. First of all, she has to be NPO (no food or drink) at least eight hours before the surgery. A catheter is inserted into the bladder to drain the urine and an intravenous line usually in the forearm to supply the body with fluids and medication such as antibiotics and pain medicine. The pubic hair will be shaved and the area washed with antibacterial solution. An epidural is inserted in the spinal to numb the abdomen – including the lower parts of the body. The doctor makes an incision vertically below the navel or transversely (the bikini cut) just above the pubic area and goes through the different layers and through the uterine wall until the baby is extracted from the uterus. Although the actual surgical procedure is painless there is no guarantee that the whole procedure is free from stress, discomfort, and pain. After the procedure when the woman has been transferred to the postpartum (after delivery) suite, the mother will then start to experience shivering – a side effect of anesthesia, headache (if the

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