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.