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This episode will cover:
[1:56] Brigid reminds listeners that they can listen to Ep 18 and 19 for more information about Caesareans including recovery from Caesarean sections.
[2:11] Dr Pat says why he doesn’t like the term ‘elective Caesarean’ and likes planned Caesarean instead.
[3:21] Dr Pat lists why you might have a planned section, usually due to different risk factors. One of the biggest reasons is because you had a previous section or multiple birth or placenta praevia, or a small amount of people who elect to have a planned Caesarean.
[5:54] Planned Caesarean for gestational diabetes or pre-eclampsia could be minimised by more appropriate intervention with induction of labour.
[8:04] Dr Pat talks us through if you want a vaginal birth but have been advised to have a planned section.
[9:51] For first time mums, about 32% of women will have a Caesarean, about a quarter of these are planned sections from the start with the remaining being an emergency Caesarean.
[11:10] For second time mums, about 86% of women will have a second Caesarean. Dr Pat discusses how with good selection a VBAC or vaginal birth after Caesarean is an option.
[14:12] Brigid talks about how the rate of VBAC is declining. 12% in the public hospital and 5.4% private hospital.
[14:52] Dr Pat talks about Caesarean rates in public and private settings.
[17:12] Dr Pat talks about how the Caesarean operation has become safer throughout the years.
[20:40] Dr Pat talks about when you have a planned section booked but you go into labour before the date.
[23:01] Brigid talks about what happens the night of your planned section from her experience.
[23:34] Dr Pat talks about the first step in a planned Caesarean, getting your anaesthetic and who is in the theatre room.
[25:10] Dr Pat describes the planned Caesarean process and what happens after the baby is born.
[27:19] You can ask for your own music in the theatre!
[28:16] Often the baby comes back to you for a cuddle wrapped up like a burrito, you can ask your midwife to help you unwrap the baby so you can have skin to skin.
[29:50] Dr Pat talks about a Maternal Assisted Caesarean and describes what happens during this type of Caesarean.
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In this class you will learn:
We work and live on Wadawarrung land. We acknowledge the Elders, past present and emerging. We also acknowledge the rich birthing history of aboriginal women and the connection to country that this has been and always will be.
We have 15+ years of running a busy obstetric practice, helping more than 4000 babies to enter this big beautiful world. We live and breathe babies and we are here to help you become MAMA.