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What is Caesarian Section?

A Caesarian section also known as C-section or Caesar, is a surgical procedure in which incisions are made through a mother's abdomen (laparotomy) and uterus (hysterotomy) to deliver one or more babies. A C- section may be done at the request of the mother or in situations where the physician deems vaginal birth as being too risky for the mother or baby’s life. In some cases C-sections are done to protect the child from acquiring a sexually transmitted disease from the mother. Such STDs includes AIDs, HIV, Gonorrhea and genital herpes. Other conditions other than sexually transmitted diseases that may call for a C-section includes: fetal distress, uterine rupture, overly large baby and prolonged labor.

In most counties, there are limitations on the amount of delivery a mother can have by C-Section (in Jamaica, that limit is 3 C-Sections). This guideline is in place to protect the mother based on the fact that with every incision made the uterus wall becomes more scared and weak.

It is also advise that once a mother delivers a baby via C-Section, then all subsequent delivers be done by this method. This is because the risk involved with normal delivery increases greatly once a C-Section is done.