VBAC: Participation During Birth
You and your birth partner can participate more fully in a vaginal birth than you can in a Reference cesarean Opens New Window delivery.
During a cesarean delivery, the mother receives either a Reference regional anesthetic Opens New Window or a Reference general anesthetic Opens New Window and cannot fully participate in her baby's birth.
- Some mothers feel very strongly about being able to bond with the baby immediately after birth. Unless there is some complication, a mother can usually hold her baby within the first few minutes after a vaginal birth. After a cesarean, the mother's time with her baby may be briefly delayed as her surgery is completed. This delay can be extended if she remains in the recovery room for a time afterward.
- When a general anesthetic is used, usually during an emergency cesarean, the mother is unconscious through her baby's birth.
- If regional anesthetic is used during a cesarean, the mother remains awake but may not be as actively involved in the birth as during a natural birth or a birth without using medicines. If sedatives are given, she may be groggy, fall asleep, or not remember much about the birth.
Whether you plan a Reference vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) Opens New Window or a repeat cesarean delivery, discuss anesthesia options with your doctor before your delivery.
If you have a routine cesarean delivery, your birth partner can hold the baby while your medical needs are taken care of.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference March 28, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Femi Olatunbosun, MB, FRCSC - Obstetrics and Gynecology