Dr. Jorge Villareal serves the residents of El Paso, Texas and the surrounding communities. As a highly skilled OBGYN, he specializes in women’s health, pregnancy, pre-natal care, and both vaginal and C-section deliveries. His many years of experience and state of the art diagnostic equipment allow him to offer his patients the best care possible.

C-Section Q & A

A C-section is a surgical procedure where a child is delivered through an incision in the abdomen. C-sections are normally performed when a vaginal birth is no longer an option. The problem may involve an issue with the mother not being physically able to give birth naturally. It may also have to do with a medical emergency that puts the baby’s life in danger.

What Types of Emergencies Warrant a C-Section?

C-sections are performed for several reasons. Women who have very narrow hips or if their body does not react quickly enough to the triggers that change the body prior to the birth may have to have a C-section simply because the baby cannot squeeze through the birth canal. Another reason for a C-section is when the baby experiences difficulty during the birthing process. If life threatening circumstances present themselves, either to the mother or the child, the doctor may opt for a C-section.

How Long Does it Take for a Mother to Heal After a C-Section?

Most hospitals keep new mothers who have had C-sections for at least three to five days to ensure they are healing correctly. A C-section is a major surgery in which the abdominal wall is incised. The procedure must follow the same protocols as any other invasive procedure and the mother must be monitored for the first few days to make sure all bodily functions return to normal. Much like a vaginal birth, doctors often recommend at least six to eight weeks of healing time before returning to work or attempting strenuous activity.

Can a Mother Have a Vaginal Birth After a C-Section?

When the C-section is performed correctly, many women who choose to explore the option of a vaginal birth can do so without fear of any problems. It is estimated that 60 to 80% of women who have had a vaginal birth after a C-section bore live, healthy children. The greatest fear for women who have had a C-section is that if a vaginal birth is attempted, the uterus may tear or rupture, endangering the life of both mother and child.