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Expertise in cesarean delivery (C-section)

A cesarean section, or C-section, is a type of delivery that involves removing the baby from the uterus (womb) through an incision in the mother’s abdomen. Although it’s a major surgery, you may be able to remain awake during childbirth.

C-sections are generally performed if vaginal birth isn’t safe for you or your baby. A high-risk pregnancy and certain maternal conditions may require you to need a C-section.

The doctors at Dignity Health want you to have the happy, healthy labor and delivery you’ve been anticipating. If you require a C-section delivery, trust the compassionate obstetrics and maternity services team for a personalized childbirth experience. Find a Doctor near you.


What to Expect: C-Section

On average, it takes about one hour to perform a C-section, which includes delivering the baby and closing the incision. C-sections can be scheduled or unplanned. In both cases, a surgical team will thoroughly prepare you for surgery. Emergency c-sections happen more quickly. 

Your doctor may use an epidural or spinal anesthesia to prevent pain while allowing you to be alert during your cesarean. Some women may need general anesthesia, which puts you to sleep during the procedure. 

You may be able to hold and feed your baby immediately after the surgery. Talk to your doctor about who can be present with you, lowering your risks, and any other concerns you have.


C-Section Recovery

After a C-section, you may need to stay in the hospital for two or three days. During this time, your care team will make sure your incision is healing properly and provide compassionate support until you and your baby are ready to go home.

After being discharged, always call your doctor if you develop fever, foul drainage, or redness at your incision. 

Trusted doctors at Dignity Health perform C-sections in Bakersfield, Merced, and Stockton, CA.

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