Need to talk? Call 1800 882 436.
It's a free call with a maternal child health nurse. *call charges may apply from your mobile

Is it an emergency? Dial 000
If you need urgent medical help, call triple zero immediately.

beginning of content

Search results for: "Caesarean Section"

Need more information?

Recovery after a caesarean

Recovery after a caesarean section - whether it's an emergency or planned - will take several weeks. Find out what to expect after you have had your baby.

Read more on Pregnancy, Birth & Baby website

Vaginal birth after caesarean (VBAC)

If you've delivered a baby by caesarean (C-section), you may have a choice with your next pregnancy - a vaginal birth after caesarean (VBAC) or a planned (elective) caesarean.

Read more on Pregnancy, Birth & Baby website

Planned or elective caesarean

There are important things to consider if you are having a planned, or elective, caesarean.

Read more on Pregnancy, Birth & Baby website

Emergency caesarean

Sometimes birth doesn't go as expected. If you or your baby are at risk, there might be a need to do an emergency caesarean.

Read more on Pregnancy, Birth & Baby website

Malpresentation

Malpresentation is when your baby is in an unusual position as the birth approaches. Sometimes it’s possible to move the baby, but a caesarean maybe safer.

Read more on Pregnancy, Birth & Baby website

Giving birth to twins

Twins are more likely to be born early, often before 38 weeks, so it's important to understand your birth options.

Read more on Pregnancy, Birth & Baby website

Multiple birth - triplets or more

If you are pregnant with triplets or more, the birth will need careful planning. The main risk is that your babies will be born prematurely. Find out more here.

Read more on Pregnancy, Birth & Baby website

Fetal distress

Fetal distress is a sign your baby isn't getting enough oxygen through the placenta. It might mean they need closer monitoring or an intervention to speed up the birth.

Read more on Pregnancy, Birth & Baby website

Interventions during labour

An ‘intervention’ is an action taken by a midwife or doctor that literally intervenes in the birthing process. Read about the different types of intervention.

Read more on Pregnancy, Birth & Baby website

Epidural

Epidural is highly effective local anaesthetic procedure includes injecting anaesthetic around the spinal nerves in your lower back to block pain from contraction.

Read more on Pregnancy, Birth & Baby website

Call us and speak to a Maternal Child Health Nurse for personal advice and guidance.

Need further advice or guidance from our maternal child health nurses?

Healthdirect Australia acknowledges the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to the Traditional Owners and to Elders both past and present.

This information is for your general information and use only and is not intended to be used as medical advice and should not be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any medical condition, nor should it be used for therapeutic purposes.

The information is not a substitute for independent professional advice and should not be used as an alternative to professional health care. If you have a particular medical problem, please consult a healthcare professional.

Except as permitted under the Copyright Act 1968, this publication or any part of it may not be reproduced, altered, adapted, stored and/or distributed in any form or by any means without the prior written permission of Healthdirect Australia.