St. David's HealthCare

St. David's HealthCare is one of the largest health systems in Texas and Austin's third-
largest private employer, with more than 60 sites throughout Central Texas, including
seven hospitals, four urgent care centers, four ambulatory surgery centers, and two
freestanding emergency departments, with a third set to open in Bastrop this summer.

St. David's HealthCare has a long history of serving the residents of Central Texas
with exceptional medical care. Our 7,500 employees touch over 858,000 lives each
year with a spirit of warmth, friendliness and personal pride.

Cesarean Sections

Unless your doctor has determined that your pregnancy is high-risk, you likely have not given Cesarean section delivery, or C-section, much thought. However, one in five babies is delivered via C-section, generally because either the mom or the baby experiences problems before or during labor and delivery. Taking the time to inform yourself about C-sections can help you better understand what happens and why, in the event your delivery necessitates such a procedure.

What is a C-Section and Why Would I Need One?

A C-section is a surgical procedure during which the baby is delivered by way of an incision through the abdomen and uterus. There are several instances that can put mom and/or the baby at risk prior to or during labor and delivery.

Those include:

  • Problems with the umbilical cord
  • Placental bleeding
  • Abnormal pelvis structure in the mom
  • Serious maternal health issues that cause labor to be unsafe for mom or the baby
  • Situations such as high blood pressure (pre-eclampsia) or infection that necessitate delivery when mom is not yet in labor
  • Labor fails to progress satisfactorily
  • Shoulder or breech presentation of the baby
  • Multiple birth
  • Fetal stress
  • Fetal illness

What Should I Expect?

At St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center, C-sections are performed in designated surgical units within our Labor and Delivery Suite. Typically, the procedure uses regional anesthesia in the form of an epidural or spinal block, which allows you to remain awake for the birth of your baby but numb to pain from just below your breast to your toes. In emergency situations, however, you may be given general anesthesia with which you will be asleep during the surgery.

The entire procedure usually takes about 45 minutes to an hour, with the baby born within the first five or 10 minutes and the remaining time used to repair your incisions.

Your Labor nurse will prepare you for the C-section by shaving your belly, giving you medication to reduce stomach acid, and placing a catheter in your bladder. If this is a scheduled C-section, remember to follow all pre-procedure instructions given to you by your physician at the time of scheduling.

Recovering From a C-Section

Recovering from a C-section, both physically and emotionally, generally takes longer than with a vaginal delivery. You can expect to spend two to three days in the hospital, be restricted from driving and lifting for two weeks following surgery, and need four to six weeks before you feel back to normal. It is important during your recovery to take things slowly and get as much help as possible.

Pre-Register for Your Delivery

Expectant mothers can save time and preregister for their upcoming delivery. Click here to start your preregistration process.

Take A Tour

Advanced registration for the Maternal-Child tour is not required. Tours are offered every Tuesday and Thursday at 4 pm and every Saturday at 4 pm. Please enter through the Medical Tower/Women’s Center entrance of the hospital. For questions regarding tours please call 512-341-6464.


  • Labor and Delivery
  • Cesarean Sections
  • Anesthesia
  • Postpartum Care
  • Nursery
  • Neonatal ICU
  • Lactation Support
  • Hospital Admissions
  • Family Education

Maternity and Newborn Services at St. David's HealthCare

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St. David's Round Rock Medical Center
2400 Round Rock Ave.
Round Rock, TX 78681
Telephone: (512) 341-1000
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