Facts about Caesarean

Here’s some information on Planned Caesarean Section that would help you make an informed decision.

Caesarean Section-All You Need to Know

  • Many hospitals today encourage Fast Track Caesarean Sections, reflecting the increasing safety of the procedure. A ‘Fast Track’ Caesarean Section permits the new mother to be discharged from the hospital after 24 hrs of the procedure.
  • Elective Caesarean Sections have lower complications than Emergency Caesarean Sections. Post-procedure, mothers are usually able to care for the baby within hours.
  • Twenty years ago, most Caesarean Sections were performed under general anaesthesia leading to the mother missing the moment of birth. But with epidural analgesia, this social aspect of childbirth is maintained. The introduction of epidural analegesia has triggered increase demand for the procedure as it made it more acceptable.
  • Dr. El-Refaey believes that we are in the middle of social phenomena around the way where an alternative method of delivery is evolving and being seen as attractive by many women. If you request a Caesarean Section, he would be glad to organise it for you.
Facts About Caesarean
Preparing for a planned Caesarean Section

Preparing for a planned Caesarean Section

Usually, you are advised not to eat or drink anything for around 6-8 hours before a C-Section. You may be asked to undergo a few blood tests and offered antibiotics during the procedure to reduce your risk of infection. It is advisable to avoid lifting heavy stuff or do strenuous work after a C-Section until you are completely recovered.

The speed of recovery varies from woman to woman. This may depend on various factors such as the type of C-Section or your medical history. During the first day, you might require help for feeding and changing your baby. Mothers are encouraged to mobilise, have showers, sit on a chair rather than a bed in the first 24 hours after Caesarean . Pain relief in the form of tablets is all what is required 24 hrs after birth. All pain relief options to be taken at home would not interfere with breast-feeding.