Surgical delivery is also called caesarean section. During a surgical delivery, the doctor makes an incision in the mother’s belly to take out the baby.

A caesarean section is usually planned. In this case, you already know that it is going to be a caesarean section before you go into labour.

Doctor performing a caesarian section.

Caesarian section: the operation

A caesarian section takes place as follows:

You are admitted to hospital in the morning. You must have been fasting (no food or drink) for at least 6 hours. You prepare for surgery. For instance: you put on a surgical gown, take off jewellery and remove your make-up.

The doctor will give you an epidural anaesthetic. This is an injection in the lower back. The injection can be given while you are sitting or lying.

Doctor giving a pregnant woman an epidural anaesthetic.

During delivery, your partner or another person of your choice can stay with you. The doctor makes an incision in your belly, just above the pubic hair. You do not feel any pain, but you can feel that you are being operated on.

The doctor takes out your baby. The entire operation takes up to 1 hour.
Then the umbilical cord is cut.

If you have an emergency caesarean section:

  • you will have a general anaesthetic instead of an epidural (local) anaesthetic;
  • nobody can accompany you.

Een bevalling met een operatie wordt keizersnede genoemd. Bij een keizersnede maakt de gynaecoloog een snee in de buik van de moeder om de baby te verlossen.

Meestal is de keizersnede gepland. In dat geval weet u dat het een keizersnede zal zijn voordat u aan de arbeid begint. 

Dokter voert een keizersnede uit.

Keizersnede: de operatie

Een geplande keizersnede gebeurt zo:

U wordt ’s ochtends opgenomen in het ziekenhuis. U moet minstens 6 uur nuchter zijn (geen eten of drinken). U maakt zich klaar voor de operatie. Bijvoorbeeld: u trekt een operatiehemd aan, doet uw juwelen uit en verwijdert make-up.

De dokter geeft u epidurale verdoving. Dit is een injectie in de onderrug. U krijgt de verdoving terwijl u zit of ligt.

Dokter geeft een zwangere vrouw epidurale verdoving.

Tijdens de bevalling kan uw partner of iemand anders van uw keuze bij u blijven. De gynaecoloog maakt een snee in uw buik, boven uw schaambeen. U voelt geen pijn, maar u voelt wel dat u wordt geopereerd.

De dokter haalt de baby naar buiten. De hele operatie duurt maximaal 1 uur. 
De navelstreng wordt daarna doorgeknipt.  

Bij een keizersnede in een noodsituatie:  

  • krijgt u algemene verdoving in plaats van epidurale (lokale) verdoving;
  • mag niemand u vergezellen.

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