6 Misconceptions About Caesarean Section You Need to Get Rid Of
Giving birth is an experience every woman who hopes to have a child looks forward to.
Contrary to popular belief, there is no childbirth classified as “normal delivery”.
There are two proven methods of giving birth; the vaginal delivery and the Caesarean section.
Vaginal delivery involves birthing via the vagina; a muscular and elastic canal through which women pass menstrual flow and receive the penis during sexual intercourse.
Caesarean Section refers to birthing through a sterile surgical incision in the abdomen and womb to deliver babies.
Several women have become mothers via C-Section but there are myths that paints this life saving procedure as alien.
In this article, we will tell you the indications for caesarean sections and misconceptions you need to get rid of ASAP.
What are the indications for Caesarean Section?
When there is a threat to the life of the woman or the baby even before term i.e. 9 months, C-Sections are carried out to save both lives.
Emergency C-Section are most commonly for lack of progress in labour and, but not limited to, the following conditions;
- Placenta abnormalities
- Maternal diabetes with the baby’s weight, while still in the womb, greater than or equals to 4.5kg.
- Breech presentation at term (when the baby is in a “head up position” and not in a head first position also known as Cephalic presentation).
- Fetal compromise; This is when the baby is observed not to be able to cope with labour.
- Multiple pregnancy, e.g twins, triplets,especially when the babies are in breech or any other malpresentation.
2. Per Request
Some women prefer not to experience labour pains while some go for it either due to previous birth experience or because they are aware their health does not permit going through labour.
This is referred to as Elective Caesarean Section. It is usually planned and often involves counselling by a Midwife or Doctor before a decision is made.
Now that you are aware of the reasons why C-Sections are performed, here are 6 misconceptions about it you need to get rid of:
Myth #1 C-Section is not giving birth
This is absolutely false. When a baby is delivered from your body, it means you gave birth.
Women who deliver via C-Section are often perceived as weak and lazy, this is also a false perception.
Saying C-section is not a “normal delivery” because it did not happen vaginally is like saying a laptop is not an electronic device because it is not a phone.
It is true that vaginal births are different from C-Sections but the effort that comes from women staying dedicated to their baby’s health is the same in both cases.
Some women take pride in themselves for going through labour pains as an ultimate test of womanhood. This is a wrong belief, many women do go through labour as most C-Sections are unplanned and done as an emergency.
Myth # 2 C-Section is evil
It is quite the opposite. It is a lifesaving procedure.
People usually chant the “Hebrew woman delivery” when they are advised to do C-section.
The Hebrew women delivery originated from a story in the bible book of Exodus 1 vs 8-22, about King Pharaoh who perceived the Israelites to be stronger than his people, he sought for a way to weaken them so he urged the Hebrew Midwives to kill male babies immediately they were born.
The Midwives disobeyed the order and they were summoned by the king to explain why and they replied “because the Hebrew women are not like the Egyptian women, they are vigorous and give birth before the Midwives come.”
That statement was made by the Midwives to either stop the king from killing the male babies (which didn’t work as he went on to announce all male babies born to be eliminated) or save their lives.
In summary, there is no such thing as delivering like the Hebrew women.
It is often preached by pastors and family members, even used as a prayer point and portrayed in Nollywood Movies but it is a wrong notion that ought to be flushed away from the mind.
Myth #3 C-Section is a scam to make money in hospitals
Caesareans are often prescribed to patients who fall under the criteria of conditions necessary for the surgery.
It is not an opportunity to make more money. If there is no need for it, it will not be prescribed.
If you feel you’re about to be cheated into paying more bills, you may reach out to obstetrics and gynecology experts to review your pregnancy.
Myth #4 Once you start with it, you will always do C-Section
This is not always the case.
A VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Caesarean) is possible but it often depends on why the first C-Section was done.
If you want a VBAC, ensure you ask your health provider to know if it is conceivable in order to make an informed choice.
Myth #5 You will not be able to breastfeed after a C-Section
This is false.
It could be a bit challenging at first considering healing from the surgery but you can breastfeed after a C-Section.
The medications that would be administered to you are safe for breastfeeding.
People also claim it contributes to inability of the breast to make breastmilk, that is also not correct.
Inasmuch as a woman takes enough fluid, she will lactate and make enough for her baby.
Myth #6 C-section will make you bedridden
This is false.
After a C-Section, it is very important and expected of you to get up and walk around as it helps to get your body to be active.
You will need help from your nurse when you start and pain will be managed as you feel them.
In fact, women who have C-Section done are often discharged home after 48 hours from surgery and they resume normal diet immediately.
They are always advised not to do anything strenuous but they will be able to move around and take care of their baby.
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