One mother talks about her feelings as she is taken to the operating theatre for a C-Section and is given a spinal block.
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Claudia Favela: Well, I am happy that I won't be going through the pain of labor, so that's a big relief and so this is not bad having a C-section at all. Dr. Elizabeth Walz-Busher: A cesarean section is an abdominal delivery of the infant. It is done for many different reasons. A few examples are malposition at the time of labor, meaning that the baby is not head down. It is done for any arrest in the process of labor, and it is done for abnormality. The heart rate tracing, when a baby needs to be delivered and the mom is remote from delivery. Claudia Favela: Well, I know natural birth, you just go through the pain during labor and after that you don't feel anything. You know you're back to normal. But after C-Section, yes you do feel some discomfort for couple of weeks. Dr. Elizabeth Walz-Busher: The recovery is and what's significantly different. Recovery tends to be a little tougher. Mums are a little more sore, their ability to ambulate is limited initially. Female Speaker: So we are placing this spinal block. We were putting some medicine in between the bumps of her back which will numb her up, so that we can go ahead and do the procedure. It should be numb enough that she won't feel anything. She could be awake till the procedure. Female Speaker: May feel some pressure now again, okay. You do -- Male Speaker: What are you feeling, physical? Claudia Favela: Oh! When I will get out of this room? Dr. Lauren Streicher: Right now in this country, people can't just choose to have the cesarean section. Certainly I think we are seeing a movement towards that and there is choice in terms of -- if a woman is had a prior cesarean section and we talk to her about having a trial of labor, a vaginal birth after cesarean versus just a repeat C-section, there is certainly choice. When we may present this to a woman, we basically go through the pros and the cons of the VBAC, of vaginal birth after C-section and the pros and the cons of repeat C-section and then we let her choose. Male Speaker: Do you have any concerns about C section? Claudia Favela: No, the first time it worked pretty well. It's just a little bit of swelling couple of weeks after birth, it goes down after three weeks and it's not bad.