Cesarean Delivery

One expectant mom out of every four gives birth via cesarean delivery-through an incision in the abdominal wall and uterus rather than through the vagina.

These guidelines explain what to expect if you are scheduled for a cesarean.

The night before arriving at the hospital:

  • No food for 8 hours before surgery.
  • Clear liquids only until 2 hours before the scheduled surgery time.
  • No smoking.
  • Unless instructed by your physician, no medication after midnight.


  • Check in at Admitting, located just inside the hospital main entrance on the third floor. You will be taken to the Birth Center on the second floor.
          For delivery scheduled at Check-in at
    7:15 AM 5:30 AM
    8:30 AM 6:30 AM
  • At The Birth Center, you will be taken to your room, and your nurse will perform a physical assessment.
  • You and your support person will be given identification bracelets.


  • Your nurse will review your birth plan with you.
  • Nursing staff will start your IV.
  • Your support person will change into operating room clothing.

Progressing to Childbirth

  • If another mother is experiencing a complicated delivery your scheduled cesarean may be delayed. This does not happen often, but it is important to be aware of the possibility.

Recovery Process

  • We encourage you to walk often, with help. Walking will help you heal. Plan to walk in the halls several times a day.
  • Most times, medicine you receive during surgery will help control pain for 12 to 18 hours after surgery.
  • Acetaminophen and ibuprofen will be your main pain medicines. Opioids will be given only if needed. 


Download Valley's Preparing for Your C-Section guide