C Section

C Section Specialist
Over 1.2 million cesarean section births were performed in the United States in 2015, making it a fairly common procedure, but it is still an invasive surgery so choosing the right obstetrician is important. Dr. Darren R. Tate, an obstetrician and gynecologist at Fort Worth Female Health Associates in Fort Worth, Texas, specializes in cesarean births and will work with you to ensure a great start for you and your baby or babies.

C Section Q & A

What is a Cesarean section?

A cesarean section, or C-section, is when you deliver your baby through an incision in your abdomen or uterus, as opposed to vaginally.

 C-sections are performed under full anesthesia and entail:

 

  • Making a small, horizontal incision just above your pubic bone
  • Moving your muscles aside to expose your uterus
  • Cutting your uterus
  • Pulling out your baby, cutting the cord, and removing your placenta
  • Closing and stitching the incisions

You will typically remain at the hospital for three days following a C-section.

Why would I need a C-section?

There are many reasons you may undergo a C-section birth, some planned, some not. If you have any of the following concerns, Dr. Tate may recommend that you schedule a C-section birth:

  • Multiple babies
  • Previous C-section deliveries
  • Existing health conditions, such as heart problems, high blood pressure, and the presence of an infection that could be passed to your baby during birth (like herpes or HIV)
  • Obstructions along the birth canal

Emergency C-sections are performed when:

  • Your baby is not getting enough oxygen
  • Your labor doesn’t progress
  • Your baby is an abnormal position
  • Problems with the umbilical cord exist

Dr. Tate has extensive experience in monitoring births, ensuring that you and your baby have a healthy, happy start in life.

What are the risks of giving birth via C-section?

Over 30% of babies delivered in the United States are performed via C-section. Usually, the procedure is relatively safe, with few complications. But, as with any invasive surgery, there are risks, such as:

  • Breathing problems in the baby
  • Injury during surgery
  • Uterine infection
  • Bleeding
  • Blood clots

The risks are not common and Dr. Tate will monitor you closely for any of these.

C-section delivery does require more recovery time than a vaginal birth. After three days in the hospital, you can usually go home with your baby, or babies, but you will need to follow a few guidelines while you heal, including:

  • Resting and avoiding lifting or squatting
  • Supporting your abdomen
  • Staying hydrated to avoid constipation and improve your breast milk
  • Abstaining from sex until you get the go-ahead from Dr. Tate
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