|What happens at a Caesarean birth?
In preparation to your coming surgical delivery, a catheter
will be inserted to collect urine. The abdomen may be shaved
and washed down with an antiseptic solution. In the operating
theatre, sterile curtains will be positioned around your
exposed pelvic. If you decide to experience the delivery
awake, another drape will be arranged under your chin so
you can't see the surgery. If not already done, you will
get an IV infusion to supply medications if they are needed
and an epidural or a spinal block to start the anaesthesia.
After the anaesthesia has taken effect, the doctor will
usually start with a horizontal incision in the lower abdomen.
Probably you will feel an unzipping sensation but you will
have no pain. Then a second incision is made in the uterus,
opening the amniotic sac and emptying the fluid. Now the
actual birth follows, either manually or with forceps. When
the cord is clamped and cut, the doctor takes out the placenta
and makes a routine check of your reproductive organs, before
he stitches up the incisions.