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 Its easier said than done, I know, I’ll never forget the Dr telling me after my 6th C-section and to go home and to take it easy!  However, it was sage advice given the risk factors relating to over exertion during the healing phase. Complications post caesarean birth include wound breakdown which is also known as surgical wound dehiscence (SWD) and sepsis caused by infection both of which can be life threatening. It is vital that women know how best to care for their wounds to help prevent these problems. Thankfully I didn’t experience either of these issues but always...

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The stretching and internal bruising, along with tenderness of the incision, are the main sources of post-operative pain. It is important that you accept regular medication offered by your nurse or midwife to control the pain. While you will not be pain-free in the early days, the medication and cold-pack application should keep you comfortable.

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So, what is Woman-Centred Care?...Today’s gold standard in midwifery practice places women at the centre of their care. The philosophy statement of the International Confederation of Midwives states that woman-centred care is considered central to midwifery practice and underpins the context of the woman’s unique needs, expectations and aspirations: recognising her right to self-determination in terms of choice, control and continuity of care; and addressing her social, emotional, physical, psychological, spiritual and cultural needs and expectations. 

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According to the UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), Caesarean guidelines, around 8% of women who have caesarean births will develop a wound infection.

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Gas pains can be painful during C-section(CS) recovery and can make you feel like you are about to ‘lift off’.  The main cause of gas pain is trapped air in the abdominal cavity and large intestine. After a CS it is common for a slowing of the the bowel activity for several hours or days. Although this usually resolves by itself in a few days, it may be very uncomfortable. The retained gases and stools can cause the abdomen to become swollen and have painful cramps.  The side effects of some pain relieving medications following the surgery can also delay bowel activity. In...

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