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Boro Park OB/GYN

OB-GYNs & Midwives located in Brooklyn, NY

Women in and around Brooklyn, New York have turned to the team at Boro Park OB/GYN for obstetric care for decades. Their personalized attention and compassionate care are why many women wouldn’t consider entrusting another practice with their pregnancy. Whether planned or unplanned, a C-section delivery requires an expert approach and is an area of specialty at Boro Park OB/GYN. To learn more about C-sections and other obstetric services, schedule an appointment by calling the office or using the easy online scheduling tool.

C-section Q&A

What is a C-section?

A C-section is an abbreviation for Cesarean section, a surgical delivery. Approximately one out of three pregnant women in the US gave birth via C-section in 2015, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In some cases, a C-section delivery can save the life of the mother and child. However, many medical experts believe that Cesarean births are overused and call for efforts to reduce those statistics.

At Boro Park OB/GYN, every effort is made to help you deliver your baby vaginally. In fact, this practice has one of the lowest C-section rates in the tri-state area. Women who require a C-section are encouraged to deliver future children through vaginal birth after Cesarean (VBAC).

When is a C-section necessary?

Sometimes a C-section is the best possible delivery option. Health issues that could lead to a Cesarean birth include:

  • Problems with your placenta
  • Presence of HIV or genital herpes
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Birth of multiples (twins, triplets)
  • Labor that doesn’t progress
  • Certain congenital disabilities
  • Umbilical cord prolapse
  • Fetal distress

Each woman has a distinct set of needs when it comes time to deliver a child. That’s why individualized care is a critical part of obstetric practices.

What happens during a C-section?

When a Cesarean birth becomes medically necessary, the process begins with an IV to deliver medications. Next, you receive a regional anesthetic to reduce pain and a catheter to allow for urine removal.

The procedure begins when the surgeon makes a horizontal incision into your abdominal wall (sometimes, a vertical incision is necessary). Then, a second, shallow incision permits access to your uterus and ruptures the amniotic sac surrounding your baby.

Next, your surgeon gently removes your baby from your uterus and cuts the umbilical cord. Finally, they remove the placenta and begin to close the incision in your uterus.

Incision repair is a critical part of the C-section process because your ability to have a future vaginal birth depends on how the uterine repair heals. Dissolvable stitches are used to repair the uterus, and your abdominal skin is closed using stitches or staples.     

A recovery period follows, and you’re closely monitored to ensure pain management and reduce the risk of infection. A full recovery may take several weeks, during which time you come in for check-ups.

To learn more about C-sections and other delivery options, schedule an appointment at Boro Park OB/GYN in the early stage of your pregnancy.