“Childbirth is an experience in a woman’s life that holds the power to transform her forever” – Suzanne Arms
Over and over again, we have read, heard and have been told that no matter how you deliver your baby, it does not make you less of a mother. No body can oppose this statement. But it is also important to make an informed choice when it comes to childbirth.
There’s Vaginal Birth and then there’s the Big “C” – Caesarean. I have had two deliveries where first was a Vaginal Birth and second was an emergency Caesarean. According to my personal experience, I would take a normal delivery over C-Section any day, not that I want that opportunity now.
For those who are unaware, Caesarean Section (C-sec) is a surgery performed to deliver babies. Ideally this surgery is recommended when Vaginal Birth is either unsuccessful or poses a threat to the mother or the baby.
However, in recent times, there has been a rise in the number of caesareans due to mothers/families requesting for it, which is then known as an Elective Caesarean.
In order to support the International Caesarean Awareness Month, I spoke to Dr. Kekin Gala, OB-GYN, specialist in High Risk Pregnancies, to get some information and facts about C-sec deliveries.
According to him, some of the reasons that could lead to an emergency caesarean are –
- Obstructed Labour
- Preterm Labour
- Placental Abruption
When asked about the risks involved, he says that a caesarean delivery has the same kind of risks as a major surgery like bleeding, infection, etc.
He recommends consulting your doctor if you notice any foul smelling discharge from your incision.
I asked him about a very unusual complication doing rounds that a caesarean delivery leads to poor vision and he explained that in some cases of pregnancy induced hypertension there are ophthalmic changes which is an indication for emergency lscs.
One of our readers, Prisha Lalwani, mother to twin boys, asked if it is mandatory to have a caesarean delivery if you are carrying twins.
Dr. Gala cleared this doubt and said that it isn’t always necessary, however, it depends on the position of the twins in utero.
He also assured that it is possible to have a Vaginal Birth After Caesarean (VBAC) but insists on not trying for it if you have had two prior C-sec deliveries.
It is important to note that the number of caesareans are rising in our country at an alarming rate and being informed is the first step towards finding a solution.
On your next visit to the doctor, be sure to discuss your birth plan and options extensively.
I want to thank Dr. Kekin Gala for his time and input. He is currently affiliated with
- Bhatia Hospital, Tardeo
- Apollo Spectra Hospital, Tardeo
- Masina Hospital, Byculla
- Wockhardt Hospital, Mumbai Central
- Vita Fertility Clinic, Charni Road
Recipient of The Best Gynecologist, Youth Council Award 2018-19, he has a decade long experience in Fertility Treatments, Fertility Enhancing Laproscopic Surgeries and Treatment of cancer in women.
Also, check out fellow blogger Revati’s post for this blog train about bonding with your babies.