The Caesarean

cesarienneA Caesarean is a surgical delivery method, advised in the event that a vaginal birth may present a risk for mother or child.
Whatever the reason for a Caesarean, it is not an innocuous act.
Caesareans must be performed in the operating theatre under the same conditions of security and hygiene as for all surgical procedures. A medical team comprising a gynaecologist and an assistant, an anaesthetist and a paediatrician is present, along with the operating theatre medical team and a midwife.
There are two types of Caesarean:

  • a planned Caesarean: when the doctor and patient set the date of the Caesarean in advance.
  • an unplanned Caesarean: A Caesarean can be carried out without advanced planning. It is often the result of a lengthy labour or when there is an unforeseen risk for mother or child, and is performed according to the level of emergency. The Clinique Bohler operating theatre staff are on-call 24/7, meaning you will be looked after quickly and safely.

Preparing for a Caesarean

We invite you to participate in our "Preparing for a Caesarean" class.

At this class, you will meet an operating room nurse and a midwife, who will help you to prepare yourself for this delivery technique. They will describe what will happen and how you can be accompanied during the procedure, the father's place, your baby's arrival, the first latching on to the breast for breastfeeding, post-operational care, etc. For more information and to register for this class, please click here.

We also invite you to watch our video showing you what happens in a Caesarean and the care you will receive. You can do this by registering on the Clinique Bohler e-learning website

What Happens

The human approach to a technical procedure
So that couples can experience the birth of their child together, the father or an accompanying person may be present in the operating theatre during the Caesarean.

"Skin-to-skin" (mother-child direct skin contact) occurs immediately after the birth, enabling the parents to experience this intimate moment together with their baby. For mothers who wish to breastfeed, the child is guided to "latch on" to the breast as soon as possible after the birth, also in the presence of the father (or accompanying person).

A few words on the Caesarean

  • Anaesthesia
    A programmed caesarean is performed under local anaesthesia (spinal anaesthesia or epidural).

    This type of anaesthesia is the most appropriate, as it does not affect the baby and controls pain for the first 24 hours following the Caesarean. It enables the patient to get out of bed on the day of the operation and quickly regain autonomy.

    For emergency Caesareans or in the case of coagulation problems, general anaesthesia may be necessary.
  • The surgery
    The operation consists of an incision, usually horizontal, above the pubis, followed by an incision of the uterus. Once the baby has been extracted and the placenta removed, the Caesarean wound is sutured.

    Immediately after the birth, your baby will be examined by a paediatrician.
    The father will accompany mother and baby in the delivery room for post-operative monitoring, carried out by a midwife and anaesthetist nurse. The midwife will place the baby in skin-to-skin contact with the mother and help with the first latching on for breastfeeding.

Your stay in our maternity unit

Post-natal care and your stay in the maternity unit are much the same as for a normal vaginal delivery.

You will get out of bed for the first time the day after the birth, and you can eat once your intestinal transit has resumed (often the next day).

Our staff will be with you when you first get up and will help you with your baby's care routine and breastfeeding.
A physiotherapist will visit you during your stay to advise you of the best ways to regain your shape, and your doctor will tell you how to look after your scar.


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