Caesarean birth (C Section)

Our aim to make your caesarean birth experience a positive one. We encourage you to consider your birth plan preferences for a caesarean birth and discuss this with the team caring for you. We will try and facilitate these as much as possible. These may include:

  • bringing your own music

  • skin to skin contact for your baby in theatre with you or your birth partner, we offer special jackets for birth partners to facilitate this

  • 'gentle' caesarean

Optimal cord clamping (where the cord is not clamped for at least 2 minutes after birth) is performed as standard if your baby is well. 

Caesarean cord cutting image

Most women who have a caesarean birth are admitted to hospital the morning of the procedure. Following the procedure, you will be transferred to the ward. For further information see: 

 

If you have had a caesarean birth before, you may choose whether you wish to plan a vaginal birth or another caesarean. For further information regarding this please see: 

 

You may feel that your preference is for a caesarean birth even if this has not been advised by a doctor. Please inform your community midwife, who will arrange an appointment for you to discuss this further. For further information see: 

We also provide gentle caesareans, that mimmick some of the natural processes of giving birth. If you would like to know more about this, please speak to your midwife or obstetrician.

The below video shows a gentle caesarean. Please note this video contains footage of actual surgery. 

Going home after caesarean birth

Going home after caesarean birth image