C-Section births are on the rise and here are some common questions about this natural labor alternative.
In the United States, 1 in 3 births will result in a C-Section. Caesarean Sections are often performed when the health of the mother or baby are at risk. The reasons for this can be age, or health. This makes them more complicated than a natural birth. These days many more women are having c-sections because women are choosing to have their first baby later in life. C-Sections in the United States have increased over 6% since 2000.
With C-Sections on the rise, here are some common questions expectant parents might have about C-Sections:
How long does the procedure take?
The procedure is very quick. It usually lasts only 10 minutes or so. Then, another 30 minutes required to stitch you back up.
Can dad stay in the room for a C-Section?
Yes, in-fact most hospitals attempt to make the procedure as much like the normal delivery process as usual.
Can I elect to have a C-Section even if it is not medically required?
You can, however this decision needs to be made with your physician, and more importantly you should carefully think through the implications of longer recovery time, risk of complications, and weigh your options before choosing a Caesarean Section.
Is it possible to bank cord blood, cord tissue or placenta tissue if you’re baby is born via Caesarean Section?
Yes, there are currently only two private cord blood banking companies that have cord blood collection bags that can be used during a C-Section. Americord and Viacord have an FDA approved bag, which is sterilized on the inside and outside, making it safe for C-Sections.
How much longer will I be required to stay at the hospital?
Most hospitals suggest you can expect to spend 3 to 4 days recovering in the hospital, with additional recovery at home — it is best to consult with your primary care-giver to know what to expect for your recovery.