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Baby's Care After a Cesarean Delivery

Most cesarean deliveries are done with regional anesthesia such as an epidural or spinal. With this type of anesthesia, only the lower part of the body is numbed for surgery. The mother is awake and able to hear and see her baby as soon as he or she is born. General anesthesia may  be used in some special situations. With this, the mother is not conscious for the birth.

A pediatric health care provider is often present when a woman gives birth by Cesarean. The baby is checked right away to make sure he or she doesn't have trouble breathing. This may happen from medications the mother received during labor or delivery.

Once the baby is checked over, a nurse will wrap the baby in blankets and bring the baby to you. In some cases, babies born by cesarean will first need to be watched in the nursery for a short time. All of the usual procedures, such as weighing and giving medications, are done there. Usually, your baby can be brought to you while you are in the recovery area after surgery. Breastfeeding can begin in the first hours right in the recovery room, just as with a vaginal delivery.

 

Baby's Care After a Cesarean Delivery - WellSpan Health

Online Medical Reviewer: Holloway, Beth, RN, M.Ed.
Online Medical Reviewer: MMI board-certified, academically affiliated clinician
Last Review Date: 2014-09-29T00:00:00
Last Modified Date: 2014-10-29T00:00:00
Posting Date: 2008-11-30T00:00:00
Published Date: 2014-10-29T00:00:00
Last Review Date: 2007-03-30T00:00:00
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