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What happens during a caesarean section (C-section)?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
If you and your birthing team decide on a C-section, you'll receive a spinal/epidural-block anesthetic. Then they'll sterilize your skin; make the incision above the hairline (pubic obviously), and peel the bladder off the lower part of the cervix so the baby can be delivered through an incision low in the uterus.

A low incision is the key to having a VBAC (vaginal birth after C-section - for the next child, you do not have to undergo it twice for this one). If the incision is high in the uterus where the muscle contracts, when the uterine muscle thins and contracts during the next pregnancy, it is more likely to burst, so your doctor would recommend a planned cesarean for subsequent pregnancies.
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