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Cost of C-Section in India

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Cost of a C-section in India can differ greatly depending on the hospital and state. The average cost of a cesarean delivery in India can range from Rs. 5,000 to Rs. 40,000 in a government hospital and to Rs. 80,000 to Rs. 120,000 in a private hospital.

C-section or Cesarean section is a surgical process in which the delivery of a baby is performed through an incision in the mother's uterus and abdomen. This is normally done when the method of normal vaginal birth is risky or difficult. C-section is preferred by doctors as an emergency procedure due to complications during vaginal childbirth such as twin births, slipping of the umbilical cord from the cervix, adequate oxygen being delivered to the fetus, diabetic condition etc.

Why is C-Section needed?

A cesarean birth may be medically necessary because of the following reasons:

  • When normal vaginal delivery is risky and complicated
  • In case of twin babies or triplets
  • Fetal emergency or concern
  • When the fetus has certain birth defects such as hydrocephalus, or excess fluid in the brain
  • When the fetus is in breech or transverse position in the womb
  • Baby is too large to travel through cervix
  • When the mother has a medical condition or contagious virus, such as herpes and HIV
  • Mother has complicating conditions, such as Diabetes or high blood pressure
  • The expectant mother has diabetes or a uterine condition
  • The mother has problems with the placenta or a fibroid obstructing the cervix
  • There are abnormalities in the placental or umbilical cord
  • The mother previously had a surgery or given birth via cesarean delivery

Process of C-Section

  • After anesthesia is given, the doctor makes an incision across the abdomen and womb, usually horizontally, while the mother remains under an epidural or spinal anesthetic. Incision is normally between 10 and 20 centimeters (cm) in length.
  • The doctor then gently parts the abdominal muscles and makes another incision in the uterus, which can be vertical or horizontal. Normally a horizontal incision is made in the uterus, also called transverse, which heals better and makes a VBAC much more possible.
  • After this, the doctor suctions the baby, clamps and cuts the umbilical cord. The obstetrician then finally removes the placenta from the uterus, closes it with dissolvable stitches and seals the abdominal incision with surgical staples or stitches that can be removed painlessly after a few days.
  • Sometimes a drape is used in order to block the view of the operation for the mother, as this could cause distress despite not being painful. Women, who have previously undergone a cesarean delivery, may be considered as candidates for vaginal birth after cesarean delivery (VBAC). However, this option may not be the best option for all women and should be discussed further with the concerned doctor.

Post delivery treatment

Post delivery, baby and its mother are required to stay in hospital for 4-5 days. If mother experiences any kind of pain, doctors can prescribe painkillers in order to alleviate the pain. Women can also experience a mild blood clothing or vaginal bleeding for 4-6 weeks ahead. A proper post-operative care is necessary for mothers to recover both emotionally and physically therefore complete rest for the initial few weeks is an absolute must. Closely following the instructions provided by doctor can ease some of the pains and make your delivery a memorable experience.

post delivery treatment

Symptoms and risks associated with cesarean birth

A cesarean delivery can carry many risks post delivery for both mother and child so, it is highly advised to report immediately if any symptoms or other complications occur. Speak with a health care provider and they will be able to determine if you or your baby are showing any signs of complications that would require a cesarean delivery and if it is the right option for you.

The risks of a cesarean delivery includes the following:

  • High fever and worsening pain
  • Increased vaginal bleeding and redness at the incision site
  • Swelling of the surgical incision
  • Increased breast pain with redness or fever
  • Pain while urinating and foul-smelling of vaginal discharge
  • Breathing problems for the child
  • Increased risks for future pregnancies
  • Injury to the child during surgery
  • Surgical injury to other organs
  • Adhesion, hernia, and other complications of abdominal surgery

Cost of C-Section in India

C-section deliveries in India have gone up from reaching as high as 41% of deliveries in Kerala, and 58% in Tamil Nadu. Both rural and urban areas saw an exponential growth in C Sections in private as well as public hospitals. The cost of a C-section varies widely in India accordingly; the charges can be different for different procedure, depending on the hospital stay and anesthesia. All prices can range from about Rs. 5,000 in a government hospital to Rs. 40,000. The differences in the cost of c-sections sometimes can be attributed to the huge indirect expenses of the hospitals that include administrative and support staff etc, balanced out with the volume of surgeries done by the institution. The c-section cost a government hospital usually ranges from Rs. 5,500, while a private teaching hospital can start from Rs. 17000 and a charitable hospital can go to Rs. 30,000. In order to meet growing demands of the economically weaker strata of the society, the government, under the RSBY scheme, reimburses hospitals sum of Rs. 500 per bed per day for government run and private hospitals.

In order to narrow down your search, we have prepared a list of the average cost of C-section according to various cities. Min and Max costs are as per an average of Government and Private hospital both.

City Name

Avg Cost (In Rupees)Min. Cost (In Rupees)

Max. Cost (In Rupees)

Ahmedabad

4735130000

67500

Bengaluru

5801138000

95000

Ghaziabad

5733335000

95000

Chennai

6027732000

150000

Hyderabad

5088928000

150000

Jaipur

3756622400

50000

Kolkata

5424627000

120000

Lucknow

4300030000

60000

Mumbai

6036935000

150000

New Delhi

4458326500

80000

Pune

5166923800

75000

According to a recent analysis of national health data, the country's average Cesarean-section rates have increased considerably from 5 per cent to 18 per cent over the same period. Middle-income and high-income countries are reported to have higher Cesarean rates as compared to the low-income countries. Worldwide, the highest Cesarean-section rates are in middle-income countries, ranging from 40 per cent to 60 per cent.

Many pregnancies today end in a C-section, it is complex and quiet expensive. It becomes equally important for you to consult your doctor to find out the cost so that, in case you need to go in for an emergency Cesarean delivery, you are prepared.

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Infertility Specialist, Obstetrician Dr. Astha Dayal
Gurgaon

Dr. Astha Dayal is an infertility specialist who has been practising for many years to help women conceive naturally as well as with the help of assisted techniques. Her extensive knowledge in Dysmenorrhea Treatment, High-Risk Pregnancy, Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) and Abortion and Infertility Treatments makes her one of the most preferred Gynecologists in Gurgaon. She completed MBBS and MD in Obstetrics and Gynaecology from G B Pant Hospital and Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi in 2003 and 2008 respectively. Following this, she pursued MRCOG from Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in London in 2011. She is also a member of World Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons (WALS), Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), London and Federation of Obstetric and Gynecological Societies of India (FOGSI). You can get the contact details of Dr. Astha Dayal at elawoman.com

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Mrigendra Jandhyala

My wife recently underwent c-section due to an emergency situation and the total cost of cesarean section was INR Rs. 1,10,000 including hospital stay and medicines.

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