During the procedure: Anaesthetic and other preparations
Once the pre-operative preparations are complete, the planned cesarean delivery will be performed. The exact details of the procedure may vary depending on the specific circumstances and the hospital’s protocols, but generally, the following steps are involved:
1. Anesthesia administration: The chosen anesthesia option will be administered, either through an IV or a regional anaesthesia technique such as a spinal or epidural block. The mother will be closely monitored throughout the procedure to ensure her comfort and safety.
2. Incision: A horizontal or vertical incision will be made in the mother’s abdomen, usually just above the pubic hairline. The length and type of incision may depend on various factors, such as the reason for the cesarean delivery, the position of the baby, and the surgeon’s preference.
3. Uterine incision and delivery of the baby: Once the abdominal incision is made, a uterine incision will be made to access the baby. The baby will then be gently delivered through the incision. The umbilical cord will be clamped and cut, and the baby will be assessed by the neonatal teater
4. Placental removal: After the baby is delivered, the placenta will be removed from the uterus and the uterine incision will be closed using sutures or staples.
5. Abdominal closure: The abdominal incision will be closed using sutures or staples, and a sterile dressing will be applied to the incision site.