Baby’s Care After a Cesarean Delivery
If your baby was delivered through cesarean, chances are that you will be awake during the birth. It is only in rare cases that a mother will require general anesthesia for a cesarean delivery. This means she is not conscious for the birth. Most cesarean deliveries are done with regional anesthesia such as epidural or spinal. With this type, only part of the body is numbed for surgery. The mother is awake during the surgery and is able to see and hear the baby as soon as he or she is born.
Babies born through a cesarean section are usually checked by a nurse practitioner or pediatrician after delivery. This is done right in the operating room. This is because babies born through cesarean may have difficulty clearing some of the fluid and mucus, extra suctioning of the nose, mouth, and throat are often needed. Deep suctioning in the windpipe is required occasionally.
The baby is wrapped in the blankets after he’s been checked. The nurse will bring your baby to you to see and touch. In some cases a baby born through a cesarean delivery will need to be watched for a short while in the nursery. All of the usual procedures such as weighing and giving medication are performed there. The baby is usually brought to you while in the recovery room after surgery.
Many mothers think they will not be able to breastfeed after a cesarean. However this is not true. Breastfeeding can begin in the first hours right in the delivery room just as vaginal delivery.
It is important to plan to have someone stay with you after a cesarean because you will be in a bit of pain in the first few day and will need help with the baby.
Cesarean birth after care. American Pregnancy Association.http://americanpregnancy.org/labor-and-birth/cesarean-aftercare/ . Accessed November 26th, 2018