Difference between Planned and Emergency Caesarean

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Jan 21, 2012

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Planned and Emergency Caesarean

Are you thinking of getting a caesarean done? If yes, it is high time that you know the difference between a planned and an emergency caesarean. Many pregnant women get puzzled when it comes to choosing the mode of delivery. For first timers, caesarean means a surgical way of getting the baby out of the womb for which an incision is made in the belly region. Nowadays, most expecting mothers opt for a caesarean or a C-section to save them for an hour long labour pain. This is called a planned caesarean. Below mentioned are a few well-known and important differences between planned and emergency caesarean:

  • A planned caesarean is calendared and timed in advance. This date is well researched upon by the medical practitioners keeping in mind the following concerns:
    1. If you go into labour before the given time. To prevent a premature delivery, caesarean is performed.
    2. If some complication arise in the womb.
    3. Serious urgencies such as ones that risk the life of the mother. In this case, a cesarean should be ideally wrapped up in 30 minutes.
    4. Extremely slow labour. There are cases when the woman does not feel any pain or experiences minor pain on the day of labour. This is called a stalled case of pregnancy and caesarean is the only option out.
  • Planning the caesarean also gives the expecting mother an added advantage; she does not have to deal much with labour pain. This is because the mother does not have to deliver the child vaginally, thereby avoiding painful muscle contractions. This also prevents an event of death. Furthermore, in the case of planned caesarean, the mother can choose the delivery time and save on all the odd-hour labour pain hassles. An emergency caesarean is different in this case.
  • Many researches abroad have also proven that women opting for planned caesarean are psychologically more stable than women undergoing emergency caesarean. Most women suffer from post-natal depression because they remain unprepared for all the cuts that are made on the under belly (the area that is closer to the uterus. For this there are two types of cuts that are made: straight cut and bikini cut. The bladder of the woman, in a caesarean, is pushed down to expose the uterus tissues where this incision is made very carefully).
  • Planned caesareans as compared with the emergency ones have only one minor disadvantage. The mother, post delivery, usually gets fever higher than 100 degrees. This is because the woman delivered the baby before any signs of labour. This occurrence of fever, however, is low and not all women face it.  
  • A planned caesarean also requires a woman to get hospitalised after two to three months of delivery. One must remember that this is not likely to happen with all women who opt for a planned caesarean. Women undergoing emergency caesarean might also have to follow re-hospitalisation and run risks of complications, non-healing wounds and blood loss.

Both planned and unplanned pregnancy is considered to be safe. It can actually save the lives of the mother and the child, in most cases. One must understand that caesareans can never increase the risk of death of a woman.


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