When you’re on Labor and Delivery you participate in a fair share of C-sections. There are many indications to C-sections, but they are all (usually) carried out the same way. I didn’t realize how much damage C-sections do to mothers! It’s quite the messy procedure. You get through all the layers of the abdominal wall and eventually cut the uterus. Amniotic fluid gets everywhere, and the physicians are searching for the baby in order to pull it out. If the baby is stuck, they apply some heavy pressure on the abdomen. When I was in my first C-section I was in awe at how rough the procedure was. Physicians were using brute force to separate layers; I was using the bladder retractor to prevent bladder injury. Once the baby is pulled out, the sense of urgency starts to calm down a bit while the OBs focus on repairing the mother. All of this is happening to the mother while she’s awake! Obviously, she’s under anesthesia but I found it interesting to observe that fact.
Part of the reason why I am writing this post is that I was a C-section baby myself! While I was participating in C-sections, I couldn’t help but think that my mother went through this exact procedure. Though the procedure is relatively short, it definitely requires large incisions and a decent amount of healing time. Though we hear a lot about the miracle of birth, especially spontaneous vaginal births, I couldn’t help but think that there is certainly a lot that can go wrong. I was in a C-section where the OB decided to make a vertical uterine incision because the patient’s uterus had enormous varices on either side–cutting those would risk massive bleeding!