Women give birth to their babies in many ways. Caesarean section is the surgical birth of your baby through a cut in your abdominal wall and uterus, usually performed under a spinal anaesthetic (numbing injection in the back) but sometimes under general anaesthesia (asleep).
Monash Women’s supports women regardless of mode of birth.
Recognising that around one-third of Australian women overall will give birth by caesarean section either electively, due to health complications in the pregnancy for mother or baby, or due to complications in labour such as labour obstruction where your baby cannot fit through your pelvis, or where baby does not tolerate labour contractions, Monash Women’s understands the extra needs that come with surgical birth.
You can anticipate an extra night in hospital, and adequate pain control including additional stronger pain relief including a prescription to take when you get home and our understanding that you will need increased physical assistance with your baby particularly in the first 24 hours while your mobility is slower than a woman who has had a vaginal birth.