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    What is a caesarean section and what are the different types?

    A caesarean section is a type of birth that involves removing the baby from the mother's womb through a surgical procedure, usually when a vaginal birth is not possible. Here we help you find out what a caesarean section is, what the different types of caesarean sections are and what the post-operative period involves!

    What is a caesarean section and what does it involve? 

    A caesarean section is a procedure to remove a baby through an incision in the mother's abdomen and uterus. It can be done for various reasons, for example if there are complications that threaten the health of the mother or the baby, if the baby is in the wrong position, or if the mother has had a previous incision. Caesarean sections can sometimes be planned, but can also be an emergency if there are complications during a vaginal birth. Therefore, you never know before giving birth how the actual delivery will go, unless you have planned an incision with a doctor in advance. The whole operation usually takes somewhere between 30 minutes to an hour. However, it only takes a few minutes from the start of the operation until the baby is out. 

    The time after the caesarean section

    Recovery may be longer compared to a vaginal birth. As a mother, you will need to rest and avoid heavy lifting for a few weeks. The wound may hurt for a while after the operation, but you will be given painkillers.

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    Planned, emergency or immediate

    There are three different types of caesarean section, depending on the urgency of the situation during childbirth. 

    Planned caesarean section: During this operation, you may be awake, but will of course be given anesthesia. A planned incision may be made, for example, if the baby is breech or if you are unable to give birth vaginally for some reason. During the planned incision, your partner or other relative who is with you during the birth may accompany you into surgery. 

    Emergency caesarean section: Emergency incisions are usually made if, for example, labor is not progressing or the fetus is not doing well inside the womb. Usually, a partner or family member is allowed to accompany you in this type of procedure.

    Immediate caesarean section: happens when the baby needs to come out very quickly, if there are complications during delivery or if there is a threat to the baby's life during pregnancy. Immediate deliveries usually involve anesthesia, and the partner or family member has to wait outside.

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