|When my waters broke the fluid was green and now my doctor
wants to perform a caesarian. What is going on?
The first bowel movement of the newborn baby is a sticky
greenish/black substance called meconium. It occasionally
happens that during or just prior to the birth process,
the baby becomes distressed and passes some meconium. The
implications of this are serious as both you and the baby
can be at risk of infection. In addition the condition of
the baby needs to be urgently assessed.
It is wise to see the meconium as a useful indicator that
intervention is required and to accept that a caesarian
may be necessary in this situation.