A cesarean section is an alternative way for a woman to give birth. During this surgical procedure, the incision is made in the uterus and the baby is born during the operation. Commonly known as a c-section, this procedure is performed on up to 33 percent of women in the United States for several different reasons. In some cases, a c-section is medically-necessary due to the position of the baby and this procedure is best for the health of the mother and the baby, and in other situations women opt to have a c-section performed for a variety of reasons. High Desert women who already know they are going to deliver via c-section should take time to prepare for this operation both physically and mentally.

What are the Best Ways to Prepare for a Cesarean Section?

Know how long your hospital stay will be and plan accordingly. While women who have a vaginal birth may only stay in the hospital for 24-36 hours after delivery, women who have a c-section must stay longer. The average hospital stay is 2-3 days after the operation.

Understand the c-section procedure and talk with your OB/GYN about what will happen on the day of the operation. Your doctor will be able to tell you if your partner can be by your side during the process, and will also explain what will happen immediately after the baby is born.

Your gynecologist will provide you with preoperative instructions. Be sure to follow any and all instructions that are provided to you. Blood samples and urine samples may be required for diagnostic testing. You might be asked to meet with an anesthesiologist to discuss your options for anesthesia.

The cesarean section involves a longer recovery process for the woman, so it’s important to prepare mentally for this experience prior to the operation. Not only have you just given birth, but you’ve undergone a major operation. Rest, relax and let others help you out while you learn to care for your newborn.

Discuss your nursing plans with your OB/GYN and make sure there is a plan in place to allow you to begin nursing your child as quickly as possible.

Contact family members and friends in Hesperia and the surrounding region to see if they will be available to help once you arrive home from the hospital.

Giving birth is a miracle, no matter which way it happens. If you know that you will be having a c-section in order to deliver your baby, the best thing you can do is become informed, educated and prepared for the process. Many women do not know what to expect from this procedure, which is why they are scared or fearful of it. This is a routine surgical procedure that is performed every day across the country, and under the watch of your expert OB/GYN you have nothing to worry about. These preparations will help you feel calm, relaxed and comfortable about giving birth to your baby.