Caesarean birth

Sometimes it's best for mother and baby when the baby is born by caesarean. A caesarean, or c-section, is an operation. A cut is made in your stomach and the baby is delivered through the cut. You will be asleep during the operation or you may have an injection in your spine to numb your body.

Some caesareans are planned. Sometimes the clinic decides it is safer for you and you're your baby once you are into labour.

Find out why you may need a caesarean and what happens during the operation and afterwards:

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