Private Caesarean (C-Section) in London

Surgery to deliver a baby through the mother's abdomen

A caesarean delivery is a surgical procedure to deliver your baby through a cut in your abdomen and uterus

More about having a C-section

A caesarean delivery is also known as a caesarean section or c-section. It can be planned for or carried out as an emergency, if things don't go as planned during labour.

If your caesarean is planned before you go into labour, this is known as an elective caesarean. All non-planned caesareans are called emergency caesareans. 

Your doctor may recommend one for a variety of medical reasons. Some women simply choose to deliver their baby this way.

Need to know

  • What happens during your birth icon plus

    Caesareans are usually carried out under a regional anaesthetic, such as an epidural. This means you’ll be awake but you'll have anaesthetic to numb the lower part of your body. A screen will be placed over your abdomen so you can’t see the operation. Your consultant will cut your lower abdomen and then your womb.

    Your baby will be delivered through the opening. The umbilical cord will be cut and clamped and the placenta removed. Your consultant will then stitch up your womb and abdomen.

  • How to prepare icon plus

    Talk to your consultant obstetrician about the procedure and ask them to explain what happens.

    If you've planned to have an elective caesarean, your consultant will ask you not to eat for six to eight hours before the procedure. When you arrive for delivery, your doctor will do an ultrasound scan to check your baby’s position in the womb.

  • After your caesarean icon plus

    You’ll usually be able to leave the hospital three or four days after your baby is born. It usually takes longer to recover from a caesarean delivery than a vaginal delivery. Your consultant will let you know what to expect.

    If you plan to breastfeed your baby, you’ll usually be able to start a few hours after the delivery. The day after the operation, your consultant will encourage you to get up and start walking around. Like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these to you.

Our obstetric consultants 

Our experienced and compassionate consultant obstetricians are here to look after you and your baby at every stage of your pregnancy.

Our location

Our experienced teams at our specialist maternity hospital in London, can deliver your baby is a safe supported environment.

Book an appointment with an obstetrician

If you are thinking about having an elective caesarean or would like to discuss your delivery more with The Portland Hospital team, please call or email our team and we will assist you. 

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020 7390 6068
This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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