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Caesarean section

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Caesarean section

A caesarean section (c-section or ‘caesarean’) is a surgical procedure in which a baby is born through an incision (cut) made in the mother’s abdominal wall and the wall of the uterus (womb). Your baby will need to be born by caesarean section if there are serious problems that prevent the baby being born by a normal vaginal birth.

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Caesarean section

Provided that the epidural has been working well and it provided you with adequate pain relief from contractions, it can be used to provide anaesthesia for the caesarean section.

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Pregnancy - Pregnancy Topics - Caesarean section

A Caesarean is an operation where an incision (a cut) is made through the abdomen and uterus to deliver the baby.A caesarean may also be called a Caesarean operation, Caesarean section, C-section, LSCS or just a section.

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Pregnancy - Pregnancy Topics - Next birth after Caesarean Section (VBAC)

A decision needs to be made about the way a baby is born if the mother has already had a caesarean section for a previous birth. It may be possible for her to have a vaginal birth after Caesarean (VBAC) or a repeat Elective Caesarean may be safer.

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Your next birth after caesarean section

Consumer brochure with information on birth options available towomen planning their next birth after caesarean section.

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Trusted information on caesarean section, including when it may be needed, details of the procedure, risks and recovery period, plus links to trusted resources.

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Planned caesarean birth: what to expect | Raising Children Network

Having a planned or elective caesarean birth? As with any major surgery, it helps to know what to expect during a caesarean section. Our guide explains.

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Recovery after caesarean: first six weeks | Raising Children Network

This guide to recovery after caesarean section has tips for wound care, pain relief, practical help, physical and emotional recovery, and breastfeeding.

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Recovery after a caesarean

Recovery after a caesarean section - whether it's an emergency or planned - will take several weeks. Find out what to expect after you have had your baby.

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Birth: preparing and planning | Raising Children Network

Our guide to giving birth helps you prepare for vaginal birth, caesarean section and VBAC, with tips on birth classes, birth plans, labour signs and more.

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