C-Section Specialist

Giving birth is a happy time in a women’s life, but it can also come with a lot of questions about delivery. Medical Arts OB/GYN in San Mateo, California offers C-section services as a delivery option for women in need of or requesting the service.


What Is a C-Section?

A Cesarean delivery, also known as a C-section, is a surgical procedure used to deliver a baby through the mother’s abdomen rather than a vaginal delivery. A C-section can be scheduled ahead of time to avoid a complicated delivery or if you’ve had a previous C-section in the past. It is not uncommon for a first-time C-section to not become obvious until labor is already underway.

Why Is It Done?

A C-section can sometimes be a safer option for delivering your baby than a vaginal delivery. Your health care provider will discuss the information with you but might recommend a C-section if:

  • Your labor isn't progressing.
  • Your baby isn't getting enough oxygen.
  • Your baby or babies are in an abnormal position.
  • When you're carrying multiple babies, it's common for one or more of the babies to be in an abnormal position.
  • You're carrying multiples. A C-section might be needed if the babies are being born early or if there are other problems.
  • There's a problem with your placenta.
  • There's a problem with the umbilical cord.
  • You have a health concern, such as genital herpes or HIV that might be passed to the child.
  • You have a large fibroid obstructing the birth canal or a severely displaced pelvic.
  • You've had a previous C-section.

If you're considering a planned C-section for your first delivery, it is best to work with your health care provider to discuss the best decision for you and your baby. Knowing what to expect ahead of time can help you better prepare.

What Can I Expect?

Before you have your C-section, your abdomen will be cleansed. You might be given an antacid to calm your stomach and reduce the risk of it getting upset during the procedure. Most C-sections are done under regional anesthesia, commonly spinal block, to numb the lower part of your body. The doctor will make an incision through your abdominal wall, usually near the pubic hairline, and the baby will be delivered through this incision. After a C-section, it is common for mothers and babies to stay in the hospital for two to three days.


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San Mateo, CA 94401
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