The Cesarean Section, which can also be referred to as the C- Section, the Caesarian Section, or the Caesarian Section is the kind of delivery that involves a surgical procedure. Incisions are made through the mother’s laparatomy and the hysterotomy to create way for delivery of the baby (Connolly and Sullivan, 2004, p. 24). A Caesarian Section can also be performed to remove a dead foetus from a mother’s uterus. The C- Section usually is an emergency procedure that is performed when the mother’s life is put at risk by the normal delivery, alternatively referred to as the vaginal delivery. However, in the recent times, many mothers opt to have the C-Section performed on them rather than go through the vaginal delivery.
During normal delivery, certain complications such as slow labor, slow heart rate of the baby and other complications may force the doctors to quickly perform a C- Section on the mother (Connolly and Sullivan, 2004, p. 49). Under such circumstances, the surgery is considered an unplanned C- section. During the pre-natal clinic checks, doctors may spot certain problems such as the baby being in the wrong position and may hence, schedule for a C- Section. This is referred to as a planned C- Section.
The procedures involved during the surgery may be risky, since this is a surgery like any other. Some of the risks involved infections of the incisions, a lot of blood loss, injuries on the mother or the baby, breathing problems of the baby, to list but a few Connolly and Sullivan, 2004, p. 186). All these risks make the vaginal delivery the better option of the two, unless in the chance that an emergency C- Section is necessary.
On the other hand, the vaginal delivery, or the normal delivery, does not involve many risks as compared to the C- Section. Vaginal delivery happens when the cervice dilates or expands to about 10 inches (McCutcheon, 1996, p. 89). The baby moves down the birth canal and the mother is supposed to push to make it easy for the baby to come out head first.
For vaginal delivery to occur, labor can be induced by use of drugs or manual techniques (McCutcheon, 1996, p. 198). A major sign of labor is when the mother is experiencing contractions that keep getting stronger, longer and closer. These mark the beginning of the delivery process.
In conclusion, vaginal delivery is much safer when one has qualified people to see them through the whole process. The C- Section should only be considered when circumstances call for it.
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