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5 Common Myths associated with C-Section Delivery

5 Common Myths associated with C-Section Delivery

by: Dr. Bharti Minocha
Consultant, Gynecology

In today’s era, new moms to be have developed different opinions about birthing techniques. Some strongly demand for a vaginal delivery, some wish to opt for C-sec just to avoid labor pains and many more. All these opinions are based on several myths and facts associated with delivery patterns. Doctors guide the patients the correct delivery pattern based on several factors most important being the maternal and fetal health. Following are some myths associated with caesarian section and their reality:

Myth 1: Once A C Section, Always A C Section

Reality: It is a very strong belief among women that if you’ve had one delivery by C-section then every pregnancy thereafter would have to result in a C-section. But it is a myth. In reality every doctor works together with their patient, to determine the safest option for both mother and baby. The decision to perform a vaginal birth after caesarian is based on a number of factors including the type of incision the mother had in her previous procedure, the number of previous C-sections, and whether or not she has any medical conditions that would make a vaginal delivery unsafe.

Woman ready to give a cesarean birth in hospital

Myth 2: Having an obstetrician with a higher rate of C-sections automatically means you’ll end up on the operating table.

Reality: The number of C-sections a doctor has performed is baseless to be a factor to decide the pattern of delivery for any individual. Every doctor has a different patient population. Many doctors with a higher C-section rate are actually ones, with high-risk or multiple birth pregnancies that have a greater chance of surgical delivery. Thus, it does not determine whether you too would end up having a caesarian, without any need for it.

Myth 3: C-Sections Aren’t Painful

Reality: You may not feel any pain while on the operating table, but to say that a C-section is painless would be completely false. Women who undergo C-sections would feel pain for at least two weeks after the procedure. We may concede that women who have had c-sections don’t have to battle torn vaginas for the rest of their lives, but they do get to battle three-inch scars just above our pubic bones and lifelong nerve pain and numbness in lower abdomens.

Myth 4: You Will Have Trouble Breastfeeding If You Deliver Via C-Section

Reality: A woman’s method of delivery does not impact their ability to breastfeed. Your transition from colostrums to mature milk is slower. Women having vaginal delivery generally experience the onset of mature milk 3 days after delivery, whereas those having cesarean deliveries experience it around postpartum day 4. There are ways to facilitate breastfeeding after a C-section. Guidance from a lactation counselor or an attending nurse can help.

Myth 5: Mother-child bonding is less after C-section

Reality: This is absolutely false. This makes no difference in maternal child bonding after C-section. In fact, as these days’ caesareans are done under regional anesthesia, in which the mother is awake during the procedure, she can immediately start bonding with the baby.

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