Indications for caesarean section

Many expectant mothers often wonder if their baby will be born by vaginal delivery or by caesarean section.

Caesarean section rate in Australia is on the rise, it is currently at 34% compared to 18% in the 1980’s. You are more likely to have a caesarean section if you had a caesarean in the past, if you are carrying twins, if your baby is in the breech position, if your pregnancy is classified as high risk or if you are aged over 40.

Sometimes it is not possible to know if you will need to have a caesarean section until your labour starts. This is called an “emergency caesarean section”, and is usually because your baby has become distressed in labour or if your labour has not progressed as expected.

Some women choose to have a planned caesarean section. They feel it gives them a better sense of control and certainty about when and how their baby will be born.

Despite our best intentions to plan for a vaginal birth or plan for a caesarean section, some babies make their own plans and may just give their parents a little surprise. If your birth journey differs from what you expected and leaves you feeling disappointed, please speak to your doctor, midwife or someone you trust about your feelings.

To better prepare you for labour and birth, Women Wellness Team (WWT) offers a range of services and online classes to support expectant mothers through pregnancy and the postpartum journey.

很多準媽媽在孕期中都在考慮她們是要自然產或剖腹產呢?

在澳大利亞越来越多准媽媽選擇剖腹產。在1980年,有百分之十八的准媽媽選擇剖腹產,現在則上升至百分之三十四。如果妳在頭幾胎進行剖腹產或者妳懷着雙胞胎、寶寶胎位屬臀位或妳有前置胎盤、胎盤早期剝離、妳的孕程属於高風險、妳年齡超过四十歲等情況,妳可能會選擇剖腹產。

有時候可能直到妳產程開始妳才知道妳需要進行剖腹產,這稱為『緊急剖腹產』,通常這是因爲胎兒窘迫或者妳的產程不如預期進展而進行的生產方式。

另外,有些准媽媽則因選擇『計劃性剖腹產』而感到比较安心,因为她們可以預期寶寶何時和如何誕生。

除了我們原本想選擇自然產或剖腹產外,有些寶寶則自己選擇他/她們自己想出生的方式,给准爸爸、准媽媽带来驚喜。倘若妳的生產旅程和妳所期待的生產方式有所不同而感到失落時,請和妳的醫生、助產士和妳信任的家人朋友分享妳的感受。

如果妳想要更好的計劃和准備妳的孕產過程和月子恢復期,『墨爾本孕產關愛中心』提供一系列的孕產線上課程、諮詢治療服務和面對面講座來協助妳的孕產旅程和產後恢復更加順遂。如有任何问题请連繫客服小Q。