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Believe it or not, your baby is almost here. You may have ideas about your baby's personality because of how much he or she moves. Or you may have noticed how he or she responds to sounds, warmth, cold, and light. You may even know what kind of music your baby likes.
By now, you have a better idea of what to expect during delivery. You may have talked about your birth preferences with your doctor or midwife. But even if you want a vaginal birth, it is a good idea to learn about caesarean births. Caesarean birth means that your baby is born through a cut (incision) in your lower belly. It is sometimes the best choice for the health of the baby and the mother.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
This care sheet can help you understand caesarean births. It also gives you information about what to expect after your baby is born. And it helps you understand more about postpartum depression.
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Current as of: September 5, 2018
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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