C-section

RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Elmhurst, IL, Westchester, IL, Hinsdale, IL, Oak Park, IL & Addison, IL

If you need a cesarean delivery (C-section), you need the best possible quality obstetrical care and plenty of time and information to prepare. At RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology, with locations in Elmhurst, Addison, Westchester, Oak Park, and Hinsdale, Illinois, the attentive medical team has ample experience helping women prepare for and undergo a safe and successful C-section delivery. If you have questions about childbirth via C-section, call your nearest office or simply use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment.

C-section Q & A

Why is a C-section performed?

C-section (cesarean delivery) is a surgical procedure used to deliver a baby through incisions in the uterus and abdomen.

In some circumstances, a C-section is safer for you or your baby than a vaginal delivery. Your RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology obstetrician might suggest a C-section if:

  • Your baby is in distress
  • Your labor isn’t progressing (for example, if your cervix isn’t opening enough despite strong contractions)
  • Your baby is in an abnormal position
  • You’re carrying multiple babies, such as triplets
  • There’s an issue with your placenta
  • You have a prolapsed umbilical cord
  • You have a health concern, such as a heart or brain condition
  • You have a mechanical obstruction, such as a large fibroid obstructing the birth canal
  • You had a previous C-section and aren’t eligible for VBAC (vaginal birth after childbirth)

While C-section deliveries are now safer and more effective than ever before, it’s still important to remember that if you have multiple C-sections, you’re at an increased risk of placental problems and heavy bleeding.

What does a C-section involve?

There are different ways to have a C-section.

Typically, at the hospital, you receive a catheter into your bladder to collect urine and IV lines in a vein in your hand or arm to provide medication and fluid.

Most C-sections take place under regional anesthesia that numbs only the lower part of your body, but spinal blocks, epidural blocks, and general anesthesia are available when needed.

Your RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology physician makes an incision through your abdominal wall. This is typically done horizontally near your pubic hairline. Alternatively, in some cases, your physician might make a vertical incision from just below the navel to just above your pubic bone. 

Your physician then makes incisions layer by layer through your connective tissue and fatty tissue and separates the abdominal muscle to access your abdominal cavity.

Your physician then makes an incision, typically horizontally, across the lower part of your uterus (low transverse incision). Depending on your baby’s position in your uterus and whether you have certain complications, other types of uterine incisions might be necessary.

Your physician carefully delivers your baby through the incisions, clears your baby’s nose and mouth of fluids, and clamps and cuts the umbilical cord. Your physician removes your placenta from your uterus and gently closes the incisions with sutures.

What is recovery like after a C-section?

Following a C-section, you’ll probably need to stay in the hospital for a few days. Your physician can discuss various pain relief options with you.

You’re encouraged to walk and drink plenty of fluids once the effects of your anesthesia begin to fade to help prevent deep vein thrombosis and constipation. As soon as you feel up to it, you can start breast-feeding.

When you go home, make sure you rest when possible. For the first few weeks, you should avoid lifting anything heavier than your baby and avoid lifting from a squatting position. Your physician gives you helpful information to assist your recovery and healing.

If you’d like helpful information on C-section deliveries, call RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology or click to book online today.