I think it's important to have
the discussion with the right people
so that those choices are informed.
A Caesarean section
involves an incision,
major operation and
therefore shouldn't be taken lightly.
The period of recovery
following a Caesarean
than following a normal birth.
We went and had a look at the
birthing centre and the birthing pool
and it just
like the best thing to do,
so that was the plan.
I read all the
and was just waiting for it to happen
I think it was the last week,
we found out that he was breech.
been to Stepping Hill, we had
a scan there and they confirmed that,
but it was
quite a hard breech
to detect, actually,
because the consultants weren't so sure,
but then he
and so we booked in for a C-section.
There are two types of Caesarean,
elective, which is
a planned Caesarean section,
which is a
the obstetrician and the patient
obstetrician may well recommend
a planned Caesarean,
or there's the emergency Caesarean,
when a situation
crops up during labour
or at an unplanned time.
These are decisions made between
the obstetricians and the patients.
I didn't quite know what to expect,
how bad it would be,
and I must
have gone to the toilet
about six times,
toilet there was on the way
down to the theatre, I stopped in it,
and my husband was sweating.
So we were, there's no question,
we were really nervous just going down.
But then once we got there,
anaesthetist had met us
prior to going down,
he'd met us
and talked us through everything
and he was
I found him really trustworthy
were going to be
no hidden surprises.
We have a theatre on delivery suite
a resident anaesthetist
24 hours a day,
of a Caesarean section being needed
we can be
there in the room straightaway.
We get the lady
as soon as possible
to enable a quick delivery.
And so when I went down I met him,
and just really reassuring.
And he did the local anaesthetic
was another sidekick to him
who was really helpful as well.
They were two good fun guys
and they took my mind off it.
We were having a bit of a laugh
as they were injecting me.
And then it was all OK.
Obviously if a patient needs
a Caesarean section
got to give them
some kind of anaesthetic,
the choice is between
with a spinal anaesthetic or an epidural
or going to
under a general anaesthetic.
90 per cent
stay awake these days
or an epidural anaesthetic,
what we recommend
as the safer of the two techniques.
It also means that the mother is
and conscious when the baby's born,
unconscious, and somebody
else can be in theatre with her
to take part in that moment.
(Zoe) It's fine,
it's totally manageable.
William was there by my side
and the room was quite busy.
They were playing Travis
in the background.
I think I got a choice of CDs,
which was lovely.
And then they started pulling the table,
were pulling him out because he
was stuck in a really strange position,
he was coming out bottom first.
Apparently he was quite high up.
They were tugging away
and finally got him out
and so he had a bit of a cry
they took him away,
cleaned him up, just double-checked him
30 seconds he was back over
with his dad, who was right beside me,
and then they passed him to me.
Yes, it was lovely.
It was everything I hoped
that it would be when he arrived.
For women who are delivered
by Caesarean section,
keen to make sure that
they have a positive birth experience
and try and
as much as possible,
their partner is allowed
to go into the theatre with them.
And also to have some special time
with their baby
skin-to-skin after birth
is really important
and a benefit that allows that couple
experience uninterrupted time
with their baby,
so as far
as is possible
we try to normalise that experience
so that they have all of the benefits
would have had
from a normal birth.