Birth by Caesarean Section

Caesarean SectionThe Maternity Service in NHS Dumfries and Galloway aim to ensure that all women have the best possible experience for the birth of their baby(ies) and that is regardless of the type of birth. Ensuring that best experience means finding out what matters to you. We aim to ensure that you feel able to speak to us about the things that are important to you and crucially that we will listen to what is important to you and plan your care with you around those principles.

In NHS Dumfries and Galloway (2015) the biggest number of omen had a normal vaginal birth 66.9% some needed to have forceps or suction 8.9% with 23.8% of women requiring caesarean section. Of those 10.7% were planned caesarean sections. This page will talk a little bit more about those women who for many and varied reasons require to have a planned caesarean section birth.

For planned caesarean section births we aim to optimise your care and your birth experience, reduce any complications, and to support and enable you to feel confident to go home with your baby as soon as you wish. If you require more information it is supplied in this information leaflet.

Information on enhanced recovery from birth by planned caesarean section 

If you have planned a caesarean section for your baby’s birth you might want to consider some choices you may have and there is a useful form.

Birth by planned caesarean section – your preferences form

You may also want to consider who you would like with you for support – here is some information for your birth supporter.

Guide to theatre for birth partners 

There is also useful information for you for after you have had the baby and a useful checklist that will help you to judge when you feel ready to go home after the birth.

Post Natal Advice

Information About Going Home

Five key tips for the best birth experience. 

  1. Share your feelings and what is important to you with the team caring for you.
  2. Optimise your health during your pregnancy by eating a healthy diet, drinking plenty of fluids, taking some physical activity and ensuring your iron levels are optimum (your midwife will advise on this).
  3. Have skin to skin contact with your baby as soon as possible after the birth.
  4. Start to mobilise early but gently.
  5. Take regular pain relief and ask for extra if you have breakthrough pain.


Please follow the links below for further information:

Risks and benefits associated with caesarean section

Choosing to have a C-Section

Regional (spinal) anaesthetic (where you are awake as baby is born)

Regional anaesthetic for Caesarean Section (CS) – information card

General anaesthetic (where you are asleep when the baby is born)

General anaesthetic for Caesarean Section (CS) - information card

Skin to skin contact and feeding your baby

Off to a Good Start

UNICEF - Skin to Skin Contact

Getting up and about after the birth

Fit for the Future - Essential Advice and Exercise following Childbirth