|I have struggled with my blood pressure through my whole pregnancy
and my doctor is concerned about the delivery. He wants me
to prepare myself for a surgical option. When I questioned
him about safety he was quite irritable with me. Is he telling
me the truth? Is it safe?
Caesarean section is considered to be a safe procedure.
In fact, it is useful to know that in your situation, should
your blood pressure be a problem at the time of labour,
surgery is a far safer option for you and your baby than
vaginal delivery. A high blood pressure at the time of delivery
can endanger both your life and that of your baby. So your
doctor is choosing the safest option for you. In medical
terms, although this procedure is major abdominal surgery,
it is considered safe. The best thing for you to do is to
be as knowledgeable as possible about the procedure. Read
up. Do not be put off by your doctor’s attitude –
have specific questions for him when you go for appointments.
Alternatively, attend a session at your local clinic on
surgical delivery. Ask questions of your clinic nurse. Having
knowledge of the procedure will make you feel more confident.
Remind yourself constantly that a healthy baby is the best
outcome, and if surgery is the way to achieve that option,
then be grateful that that option is open to you. Because
your caesarean is planned, you should be able to have an
epidural should you prefer that, in which case you will
be awake for the procedure and be able to see your baby straight
away. You have time to plan, and to ask your doctor if you
can hold and even nurse your baby immediately after delivery.
For planned surgery, many hospitals allow the partner to
be present at the birth. You also need to do your homework
with regard to recovery. Since this is abdominal surgery,
you will need to be very careful about the way you lift
things, so as to avoid straining the muscles as they heal.
You will need to rest and may have to wait a few weeks before
driving your car. Knowing what to expect from a recovery
perspective is helpful. Remember that although you have
some say in the events of the birth day, your safety is
in the hands of your doctor. You are within your rights
to obtain a second opinion, but remember that blood pressure
problems are a valid reason for surgical delivery. If you
were careful in your selection of a doctor that you trusted
early on, then this may be where you rely on that trust
and accept the decision.
Caesarean - Description
Caesarean - Disappointment
Caesarean - Emergency
Caesarean - Partners
Caesarean - Implications of incision type
Caesarean - Feeling ashamed-Planned
Caesarean - Reason