Morris Ahdoot, MD
OBGYN located in Irvine, CA
The goal of delivering a child is always to protect your health and the health of your baby. While many women want the experience of a vaginal delivery, sometimes circumstances dictate medical intervention in the form of a cesarean delivery. Obstetrician Morris Ahdoot, MD works with you to deliver your child safely, and he has extensive experience in both vaginal and cesarean deliveries. His knowledge and expertise provide women in Irvine, California the peace of mind to entrust their deliveries to him. To learn more about your delivery options, call or fill out the online form to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ahdoot.
Vaginal or Cesarean Delivery Q & A
What is a vaginal delivery?
For many women, the experience of childbirth the way Mother Nature intended is the ultimate goal. This means that everything proceeds healthily: your baby gets into position and comes out, head first, passing from your uterus through your cervix and vagina.
While this process seems simple enough, it can be painful, and there’s much to monitor throughout. If you’ve decided you want a vaginal delivery, Dr. Ahdoot discusses your options beforehand, including pain control, so that when the time comes everyone understands the goals.
Most vaginal deliveries proceed without incident, but should a problem arise, Dr. Ahdoot can switch strategies and deliver your baby via cesarean section (C-section).
What is a C-section?
A C-section is a surgical procedure that Dr. Ahdoot uses to deliver your baby. He bypasses your birth canal by making incisions in your abdomen and uterus to remove the baby.
Some C-sections are planned, for reasons including:
- You’ve had a previous C-section
- You’re carrying multiple babies (though they can also be delivered vaginally)
- You have a pre-existing health condition or infection
- Your canal is obstructed
Other C-sections are on-the-spot decisions made by Dr. Ahdoot when either the mother’s or the baby’s health is in jeopardy. Some of the most common situations that require a C-section include:
- Abnormal position of the baby
- Baby isn’t getting enough oxygen
- A health condition that crops up during pregnancy, such as pre-eclampsia
Which delivery method is preferable?
This question is almost impossible to answer since many circumstances are unforeseen and beyond anyone’s control. During your prenatal care, Dr. Ahdoot makes sure you understand your delivery options and helps you choose the best one for your particular situation.
It’s worth noting that a C-section is an open surgery that carries with it specific risks, such as infection. A C-section also entails considerable downtime as your abdomen heals. Lastly, once you’ve had a C-section, your odds of delivering vaginally afterward are reduced, though not eliminated.
When it comes to delivery, it’s important to understand that things can change, which is why having an experienced obstetrician like Dr. Ahdoot by your side is so important.
To explore your delivery options, call Dr. Ahdoot’s office or use the online booking tool to arrange an appointment.
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