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Caesarean Section 

The Team

The medical team involved in the surgery, are:

The Midwife

Providing support and assistance to both mother and Obstetrician throughout

The anaesthetist

Who will be providing freezing during the surgery.
The obstetrician
Who will be performing your C-section.
The surgical assistant
Who is a fellow, resident, or another doctor.
The nursing team
Who will assist with the surgery.
The respiratory therapist
Who will monitor the baby immediately after delivery.


Once the spinal or epidural is working the abdomen will be cleaned with a special cleaning solution.

A small tube (Foley catheter) will be placed inside your bladder to keep it empty for the procedure. This is usually left in until after the surgery.

Mums body will be covered by a sterile sheet to protect you during the surgery.

The team will test mums skin to make sure it's numb. 

At this point mum's support person will join you in the operating room.


A bikini skin incision is made on the lower abdomen.

The muscles are separated (not cut) to access the uterus.

An incision is made in the lower uterus.

At this point, mum will feel pressure while the doctors press on your abdomen to deliver your baby.

At this point, if the baby is crying, the team may proceed with delayed cord clamping.

Generally, baby will be in the room with mum the whole time. 

The baby can be on the warmer, held by your support person, or held on your chest by your support person during the remainder of the surgery.

After the Delivery

After the baby is delivered the placenta is removed.

Then the uterus and the layers of the abdomen are closed.

Usually the skin is closed with a stitch that will slowly dissolve so that you do not have to have the stitches removed. Other options may include a dissolvable glue or staples which require removal.

Sometimes tapes called steri-stips will be placed over the incision and these should be removed 7 days after surgery.

The incision is then covered with a bandage.

Assignment 3 - Research

"We are not expected to know everything - but knowing where to go 

for accurate information is essential"

Many parents have pre-conceived ideas of what to expect during a C-Section, ideas of no pain. As Educators we need to makes sure parents fully understand the choices they make, how it affects their bodies as well as future pregnancies - Once the knowledge has been imparted the choice is theirs!
If a women had a C-section 5 days ago which of the following would be a sign that her scar may be infected?
What could a mother do to reduce the risk of thrombosis following a C-section
How long is the recovery period?
What types (or brands) of wound dressings are used to cover Caesarean section wounds?
List three things that might increase a woman’s risk of developing a Caesarean section wound infection
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