Vaginal birth, c-section or emergency c-section
We aim to work with you to optimise your chance of having the birth that you would like. Unfortunately, we are not always able to achieve this and this is why it is important to be flexible.
There are some absolute reasons for needing a caesarean or a c-section;
If your placenta is completely covering your cervix which blocks the baby’s access to the ‘exit’.
If your baby is in a breech position at the end of your pregnancy. Only 3% of babies are in this position, and there is the option of trying to turn the baby through an ‘ECV procedure’. With External Cephalic Version, your obstetrician tries to turn the baby so he or she is head down. If the baby will not turn, then a caesarean section is safer for the baby.
For Twin pregnancy we offer both vaginal birth or caesarean section but your individual circumstances may dictate which route is necessary.
The other reasons for caesarean section are;
- If the baby becomes distressed during labour.
- If your cervix is not dilating.
If we have any concerns about what is happening in your labour we will be upfront. The conversation will be about maximising the chance of having a successful vaginal birth, and obviously about your baby’s and your own safety. This is where your flexibility, to deviate from the original expected birth plan, will be very important.
So how long will I have to stay in hospital once I have had my baby? It depends.
After you have had your baby, you will stay in hospital for on average between 3 and 6 days. How long exactly will depend on any concerns with yourself or the baby. Every baby and every Mum are different, and there is no set amount of time for how long you should both stay in hospital.
What will also influence the duration of your hospital stay is how long it takes to establish feeding and nursing. The midwives at St John of God Murdoch Hospital in the St Mary’s ward will be there for you to help you and to answer any questions that you may have.
During this time your obstetrician will do regular ward rounds and we will check on your wellbeing and ensure everything is going okay. Marie, the practice midwife, will also come and see you on the maternity ward. Mums tell us that it is great to see another familiar and friendly face to ask questions or to simply ‘show off’ your new baby to.
Normally, your partner will be able to board with you in the hospital, so that they are able to assist with care for your baby in the early days.
Although you are unlikely to be in a routine with your new baby, the hospital has taken care of your needs with their new ‘room service’ menu. It simply means that you can eat whenever it is convenient to you and your baby.