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Tips to Have a More Satisfying C-Section

If you’re planning a C-section, here are some tips to help you feel more involved.

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Some moms-to-be know in advance they will be having a cesarean birth, or C-section. This is the surgical delivery of a baby. Others face the surprise of an emergency C-section. Today, over 30 percent of American women deliver their baby via C-section.

Sometimes a C-section is the best choice for you and your baby. Here are some ways that mothers can feel more involved should they need this procedure.

  • Be informed. Understanding the procedure, its risks and benefits will help you feel prepared. Talk to your doctor ahead of time if you can. Ask any questions you have.
  • Get help with breast-feeding. You should be able to start nursing right away. New moms may struggle with beginning breast-feeding, but because you are also recovering from surgery, nursing may prove extra challenging. Luckily you can overcome the challenge with the right support. Ask for a lactation consultant’s help if you need it. 
  • Plan for help at home. Once you return home with your baby, remember that you’re still recovering from surgery. It may be painful or hard to walk for long periods of time. Your doctor will likely tell you not to drive or lift anything but your baby. Accept help from family, friends and neighbors. If you can, have a family member stay with you for a few days after you get home.

By Lucy Casale, Contributing Writer

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. FAQ: Cesarean birth. Accessed January 2, 2020.
UpToDate. Patient information: C-section (cesarean delivery) (beyond the basics). Accessed January 2, 2020.
Centers for Disease control and Prevention. National Center for Health Statisics. Births-Method of delivery. Accessed January 2, 2020. Pregnancy: Cesarean birth. Accessed January 2, 2020.

Last Updated: January 3, 2020