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Caesarean birth advice and information

A caesarean birth is an operation to deliver your baby through a cut made in your tummy and womb.  In the United Kingdom, just over 1 in 3 babies are born by caesarean birth. This information is to help you prepare for what to expect if you deliver your baby by caesarean birth. 

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Planned vs unplanned caesarean birth

Some caesarean births are planned in advance. A delivery date is agreed before your baby’s due date, to reduce the chance of you going into labour. An unplanned caesarean birth is when your obstetrician recommends a more urgent delivery, often when you are already in labour. 


Anaesthetic choices for a caesarean birth

There are two main types of anaesthetic that can be used for a caesarean birth; regional anaesthesia or general anaesthesia.

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