Caesarean birth


A caesarean section is the delivery of a baby through a cut (incision) in the mother’s belly and uterus. It is often called a C-section. In most cases, a woman can be awake during the birth and be with her newborn soon afterward.

A C-section may be planned or unplanned.

Recovering from a c-section can take longer than recovering from a vaginal delivery.

You may experience some discomfort in your abdomen for the first few days, and you’ll be offered painkillers to help with this.