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Caesarean Birth

Baby being born by Caesarian At the RUH about 10% of pregnant women and people have planned (elective) caesarean births and 15% have an unplanned (emergency) caesarean birth. Most pregnant women and people and their support person find the birth experience causes anxiety but our team will work with you to ensure that you relax as much as possible and that your birth preferences are respected.

We endeavour to achieve:

  • Lowering of the operating screen
  • Photography
  • Optimal cord clamping
  • Performing your baby's newborn check with you
  • Early skin contact
  • Breast feeding within the first hour

For any situation in theatre, a number of staff are required. For this reason, a second support person is not able to be present. However, the anaesthetist and midwife will be present throughout the birth or procedure and acting as advocates for the family. It is also worth noting that if a situation in theatre becomes more serious, we may need to ask your support person to wait in the quiet room next door.

After your caesarean birth it is advised that you stay in the RUH for 24 hours to allow you to begin your recovery. We promote enhanced recovery by removing your urinary catheter and encouraging you to be mobile soon after the birth. This has proven positive effects on your recovery post-surgery.

Vaginal birth after caesarean (VBAC)

For most pregnant women and people who have experienced a caesarean birth the option for a vaginal birth in following pregnancies will be discussed early in pregnancy. Your midwife will refer you to an obstetrician to discuss your previous caesarean birth and make a plan for your current pregnancy.

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