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Labor & Delivery: What to Expect in a C-Section

Learn what to expect during a c-section procedure and what the recovery process looks like.

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A C-Section is surgical delivery of the baby. It lasts about 45 minutes. So once its been decided that you're having a C-Section. The first thing is to make sure that you have adequate pain control. If you already have an epidural, you'll be given extra medication through the same epidural to make you even more numb. You will still feel some pushing, and pulling, or tugging during the procedure but you shouldn't feel anything sharp or painful. If you don't already have an epidural, you'll be given what's called spinal anesthesia which is medicine that goes in the same place in your lower back and that will also give you the same kind of feeling of numbness. Once the staff has checked the baby, usually we let your partner hold the baby right next to you. And once the whole surgery is over you can hold the baby right away. Moms who have C-Sections usually stay in the hospital a little bit longer, three nights incidentally, usually 1 or 2. You will be given pain medication that is safe for breastfeeding and usually full recovery takes about 6 weeks.