Cesarean Delivery/Cesarean Section
At DeKalb Medical, we know every woman hopes for an easy, uncomplicated pregnancy and delivery. Yet, when problems do arise and cesarean delivery is necessary, three maternity surgical suites and six recovery rooms are conveniently located near our Labor-Delivery-Recovery suites. Women who require cesarean section in Atlanta will find DeKalb Medical’s team of women’s health experts ready to make the experience as easy as possible.
Cesarean delivery, often referred to as C-section delivery or a C-section, is a surgery that is performed to delivery the baby when a vaginal birth is not possible or threatens the safety of the mother or her baby. In most cases, cesarean section in Atlanta is done while you are awake but anesthetized from the bra-line or waist to the legs by epidural or spinal anesthesia. An incision is made across the abdomen just above the pubic area. The uterus is opened, the amniotic fluid is drained and the baby is delivered.
Cesarean section in Atlanta and across the country has become quite common with about one-fourth of all babies delivered. It is a very safe procedure and the rate of serious complications is very low. Most women will stay in the hospital 48 to 60 hours after a cesarean section in Atlanta, although recovery does take longer than a vaginal delivery. Women who have had a cesarean delivery may be able to have a normal vaginal delivery with later pregnancies.
Cesarean Section Glossary
- Delivery presentations – the way the fetus is positioned to come down the birth canal. Breech presentation is when the buttocks, feet or knees come first.
- Eclampsia – seizures (convulsions) in a pregnant woman that are not related to brain conditions.
- Preeclampsia – high blood pressure and protein in the mother’s urine that develops after the 20th week of pregnancy. Preeclampsia can lead to eclampsia.
- Premature infant – a baby born before 37 weeks gestation.
- Placenta previa – a complication of pregnancy in which the placenta grows in the lowest part of the womb (uterus) and covers all or part of the cervix.
- Placenta abruption – separation of the placenta (the organ that nourishes the fetus) from the site of uterine implantation before delivery of the fetus.