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C-Section Delivery

A Cesarean birth, or C-section, is the surgical delivery of a baby through an incision in the mother's abdomen and uterus. Cesarean births may be planned and are sometimes performed when a vaginal delivery would put the baby's or the mother's life or health at risk. No matter what the situation, St. Joseph is an excellent choice for this special delivery.

The preparation for the birth of your baby is nearly the same whether scheduled or unscheduled. On the day of your surgery, arrive at St. Joseph Regional Health Center's registration desk and you will be escorted to your room to prepare for surgery. When you are ready for surgery, your partner may join you with your doctor's permission. Surgery will begin shortly after you receive anesthesia.

During surgery, other visitors may wait in the St. Joseph Women's Center waiting area. Your partner should plan to visit the waiting area to inform visitors of your new arrival. After surgery, you will be taken to the post anesthesia care unit (PACU) for recovery and then will be returned to your room.

If a C-section is not planned, you will be taken from the labor room to the operating room. Your partner may accompany you with your doctor's permission. After surgery, you will be taken to the post anesthesia care unit (PACU) and then to your post-partum room.


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