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Caesarean delivery (c-section)

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

About

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

Need to know

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    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. 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.
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    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.
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    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.
Consultant in theatres

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

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From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

  • The Portland Hospital Facility

    The Portland Hospital

    205 - 209 Great Portland Street

    London

    W1W 5AH

    Children's enquiries 020 7390 8020
    Maternity enquiries 020 7390 6068
    Gynaecology enquiries 020 7390 6200

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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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