An elective cesarean section is a major surgery that's not devoid of risks. Planning can ensure that the risks associated with an elective cesarean section are reduced.
Elective Cesarean Section
An elective cesarean section is one that's performed on a pregnant woman prior to labor. There are several medical or obstetrical conditions that require this procedure such as abnormal presentation, previous cesarean sections, heart disease and multiple pregnancies. A mother can choose such a surgery in preference to a normal delivery. The advantages of this procedure are that there is an opportunity to prepare and plan and the surgery can be performed during the day when hospital resources are optimal.
Here are some tips for an elective cesarean section:
1. Choose Ideal Hospital
Choose a hospital where the policies and procedures are in accordance with your expectations.
2. Schedule Close to Delivery Date
Try to schedule the cesarean section as close to the delivery date as possible and be sure to wait until the 39th week to ensure that the baby isn't premature.
3. Get Informed
Before you sign the consent form for the surgery, get information on all the risks and benefits associated with the surgery.
4. Choose Anesthesia
Inform your medical team about the type of anesthesia you would prefer. These include an epidural, spinal anesthesia or general anesthesia.
5. Maintain Good Hygiene
Bathe with an antibacterial soap for a few days prior to the surgery to reduce chances of infection after the surgery. Take care of personal hygiene and wash your hair before leaving home. Also, cut or shave pubic and underarm hair before hospitalization. Finger and toe nails should also be clipped before leaving home for the hospital. Nail varnish should be removed. Remove all jewelry, contact lenses if you use them and any dentures, and keep them safe at home. Don't forget to brush your teeth before leaving home.
6. Pack a Bag
Pack a bag with all the necessities that you may need after the birth of your baby for both your baby and yourself. Show your baby's necessities to the nurse and your partner as they will be the ones to care for the new born immediately after the surgery.
7. Ensure You're Warm
You should ensure that you are warm before, during and after the surgery. While waiting for the surgery in the hospital, ensure that you are covered with a warm blanket.
8. Bond with Baby Quickly
Ask your medical team to place the baby on your chest soon after the birth to ensure bonding with the baby. Try to breast feed the baby as soon as you can.
9. Walk after Surgery
Try to walk as soon after the surgery as is physically possible. The sooner you are on your feet, the better is your post operative healing. You will also decrease the risk of blood clots in this manner. Try to go to the bathroom once you are able to walk around and minimize the use of a catheter in order to reduce the risk of infection.
Ensure that you prepare and plan well in advance as you are less likely to suffer from emotional stress and depression after the procedure and are more likely to find your baby's birth an enjoyable event.