Why are one-third of Babies born via C-section?

Via Sarah Kraft
on May 12, 2010
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How is a Cesarean done? Is it safe?

Women’s pelvises have not grown smaller in these last 50 years. Nor have we lost the natural hormonal ability to go into labor.

So what is going on?

via Carol Ward, M.D. of Mindful Mama

“She had a cesarean.” How many times have you heard this?

In the last 50 years, the cesarean rate has increased from five to 30 percent of all childbirths in the US. It’s nearly 90 percent in some South American countries. Almost all voluntary.

For the next three weeks, we will explore cesarean sections from various angles. We’ve decided to begin by answering the question: “How is a cesarean section done?”

Step 1: Local anesthetic is injected through the tough casing around the spinal cord, an epidural is given, or the patient is given general anesthesia.

Step 2: A sterilizing solution is painted onto the skin in the area of the incision.

Step 3: The incision is made through the skin—either vertically between the navel and the pubic bone, or horizontally along the bikini line.

Step 4: The incision penetrates the fascia, the tough layer that holds the abdomen together.

Step 5: The rectus muscles, two parallel muscles thinly attached to each other beneath the fascia (your six-pack abs) are divided.

Step 6: The peritoneum, the layer lining the abdominal cavity, is exposed and opened, revealing the uterus.

Step 7: The peritoneum layer positioned over the uterus and above the bladder is opened. The upper bladder is pushed off of the lower uterus.

Step 8: The uterine muscle is incised horizontally (usually), low on the front beneath the top of the bladder.

Step 9: The operator puts a hand into the uterus (kind of like like a shoehorn), and applies pressure on the top of the uterus. The baby’s head slips through the incision, quickly followed by the rest of the baby’s body. Baby’s mouth and nose are suctioned, the cord is quickly clamped and cut, and the baby is passed off the table to the waiting staff.

…for more, head on over to our friends at Mindful Mama.


About Sarah Kraft

Sarah is a mom, entrepreneur and social media advocate. She has ten years of professional experience in marketing, public relations and business development. Sarah worked as the Marketing Director for Namaste Solar Electric, Development Director for Mother's Acting Up and Manager for the EDGE Girls Empowerment Program at the YWCA of Boulder County. She is a graduate of the INVST Community Leadership Program and has a B.A. in Women’s Studies from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Sarah’s passion for health and healing lead her to become a Certified Yoga Instructor, a Reiki III practitioner and to spend two years apprenticing with homebirth midwives before having her own daughter, Emma, in a birth tub at home on April 19th, 2004. Sarah founded Rhythm of Life, LLC in 2007 and launched Mindful Mama magazine and Web site in 2008. Sarah is driven by a desire to create positive media that engages parents and practitioners in a meaningful dialogue, and contributes to a healthy and sustainable future for families worldwide.


5 Responses to “Why are one-third of Babies born via C-section?”

  1. Candy says:

    Some hospitals in NJ are approaching 50% Cesarian rates. Only one hospital out of the two in my area have 2 midwives with birthing rights. Its truly very sad. Women are beginning to believe this is the norm.

  2. Meg says:

    My kids were both breach and I had no option but to have a cesearean as there were no midwives or obstetricians in Southland (at the bottom of New Zealand) who felt confident to deliver a breach baby any other way. It would have been nice to be able to choose how my girls entered the world!

  3. Sasha says:

    Thanks for sharing this article, it is so important to educate new mothers and allow them to make informed childbirth choices!

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