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Caesarean Section

Caesarean Section at South Shore

A Caesarean section is the surgery that is done to deliver a baby either because a vaginal delivery will be harmful to the mother or the baby, or because you have chosen not to have a vaginal delivery.

Most of the time, it is done as a planned surgery (called an elective Caesarean section), which means that during the antenatal period, your doctor has identified some factor(s) that indicate the need for a C-section, which may include:

  • Previous Caesarean section or uterine surgery
  • A small pelvis
  • Presence of large uterine fibroids obstructing the cervix
  • Low lying placenta
  • A large baby (more than 4kg)
  • Abnormal position of the baby e.g. breech, transverse lie

In other cases, the C-section is performed as an emergency, after a woman has already gone into labor, but the vaginal delivery has to be stopped to save the life of the mother and/or the baby. Some of the causes are as follows:

  • Prolonged labor or failure to progress in labour
  • Cephalipevic disproportion or Obstructed labour
  • Fetal distress
  • Placenta abruption
  • Cord prolapse

Whatever the cause for a Caeserean section, and whether or not it is done as an emergency, it is important that you understand the reason(s) why it is being done, and you get clarification from your doctor on any aspect that is unclear to you.

Before the surgery, some tests will be done to check your blood level, heart and kidney functions, and blood clotting function. For an elective surgery, a date will be fixed for a time that the baby is mature enough to be delivered, usually from 37 weeks of gestation. If there is a need to deliver before the baby is old enough, you might be placed on an injection to make the baby’s lungs mature earlier.

For this surgery, you will have the choice of either being put to sleep (general anaesthesia), or being numbed from the waist down (spinal anaesthesia), as long as there are no other medical contraindications involved. Most times, people choose to be awake, so that they can witness the moment the baby is born.

A cut is made on the lower abdomen; below the bikini line, to expose the uterus. The uterus is opened up by making another cut on its lower part, and the surgeon carefully brings the baby out. Immediately the baby is delivered, the umbilical cord is cut and baby is taken aside to be cleaned and resuscitated if necessary. The placenta is then separated from the uterus, and the uterus repaired, before closing up the skin.

A caesarean section lasts for an average of 45 minutes and after the surgery you might experience some pain and abdominal discomfort. There are no contraindications to carrying or breastfeeding your baby because of the Caesarean section alone, and you will be discharged home after four days on admission.

After a Caesarean section, it is advisable to wait for at least six months for the uterus to heal fully before you get pregnant again, so you will need to discuss contraception with your doctor.

Pregnancy (Have A Baby at South Shore)

At South Shore Women’s & Children’s Hospital, we offer comprehensive care for expectant mothers and their babies throughout their pregnancy, during the birth and after the delivery. Read More

Pregnancy And Antenatal Care

Discovering that you are pregnant marks the beginning of an interesting nine month journey, as you experience your baby’s growth; from two lines on a test strip to a soft and warm bundle of joy in your arms. Read More

Antenatal And Delivery Packages

At South Shore we offer a comprehensive antenatal care including consultation, antenatal hospital visits, scans, tests, antenatal classes and many more from as early as 12 weeks, to ensure you have a comfortable pregnancy experience with peace of mind. Read More


Labour is the period when the body gets itself ready to push out the baby and the placenta from the uterus. Read More


In Nigeria there is now an increased awareness and acceptance of available safe and effective methods of reducing pain during labor. The most popular of these is epidural analgesia. Read More

Cervical Cerclage

The cervix is the lower part of the uterus, which is sometimes referred to as the ‘neck of the womb’. It remains tightly closed during pregnancy, and only begins to open up and stretch when labour starts, thus allowing the baby to pass through and be delivered. Read More