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CSs - Transverse/Longitudinal - any choice?

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QTPie Tue 01-Sep-09 17:29:34

Ok, please excuse this question if it is silly...

... I am only 18 weeks pregnant and, so far, have no compications with this, my first, pregnancy. I fully expect to have a normal delivery, but I appreciate that sometimes you cannot control it and end up having an CS...

Have just got back from a weekend with the in-laws and my (rather nutty) mother-in-law was interrogating me about my obstetric care I will receive... Part of what she was asking included how the Obstetricians tend to do CSs at the hospital that I am going to. I could not really answer - I am on "shared care" rather than straight "Consultant care" - I assume that the Obstetrician (I will have the on-call one present at the birth, not a chosen one) will do whatever is appropriate...

Is that normally a transverse CS these days? Does it vary? Is it worth having a "request" for a transverse cut (if necessary) in my Birth Plan (and get my husband to voice that request if necessary)?

Thanks and, again, my apologies if it was a silly question...


reikizen Tue 01-Sep-09 17:31:52

Not a silly question at all. A transverse cut is pretty much universal now, a 'classical' I think it is called cut may be used if a woman has had several sections and the usual site does not seem appropriate. Hopefully you won't have to worry about that though!

QTPie Tue 01-Sep-09 18:27:37

Thanks reikizen smile

Sounds reassuring. This is my first birth, so shouldn't be an issue (i.e. haven't had a CS before). I will probably raise the question with the MW, anyway, but it sounds as though I will get a transverse cut routinely (if need be).

Yes, certainly hope that I wont have to worry about it. MIL said that she had to have a CS when she had my husband (because he was a "lazy baby"...). But my mother-in-law is a LITTLE nutty... wink


Northernlurker Tue 01-Sep-09 18:30:19

Afaik a tranverse cut is standard and they only do something else if the emergency circumstances require it - and in that case who cares anyway?

QTPie Tue 01-Sep-09 19:17:17

read the other thread I started about my mother-in-law... blush

No, if there is a better way to cut, then it is worth having (if possible). Definitely who cares if it is an emergency and they cut the way they feel is best to cut....


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