What if a cesarean delivery becomes necessary?
If an epidural catheter is already in place from labor, it is easy to give
additional medication to increase the area of numbness for your surgery.
The anesthesiologist will check the level of numbness to be sure it is high
enough before surgery is allowed to begin. There are several reasons why
epidural and spinal anesthesia are preferred for cesarean birth. It allows
you to be awake and see your baby just after birth. If he wishes, the baby's
father can be present to give you emotional support and see and hold the
newborn. Also, additional medication can be administered through the
epidural catheter to keep you more comfortable after your surgery.