One expectant parent 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:
|For delivery scheduled at
Progressing to Childbirth
The nurses and doctors at The Birth Center at Valley Medical Center are ready to help you manage pain in a variety of ways—whether it's giving a massage, providing information so you know better what to expect, or offering you safe, short-acting pain medication during labor. Pain control is an important part of your care. Please tell us if you are having pain or if your pain medications are not working for you.
Analgesics are medications that relieve pain or raise a person's threshold for pain tolerance. Analgesics are usually given through an IV by your nurse and can be administered more than once until the later stages of labor (when you are pushing or delivery is near).
Anesthetics are substances that produce a loss of sensation. "Regional" anesthetics are used to numb a particular area of the body. The most common regional anesthetics used in childbirth are:
Valley Anesthesia Associates provides anesthesia services at Valley Medical Center. You will receive a separate bill from them for your anesthesia costs. If your health insurance covers obstetrical services, it will usually cover obstetrical anesthesia. However, we recommend you that call your insurance provider to verify coverage.
For more information about anesthesia costs, call Valley Anesthesia Associates at 425.353.3788.