Catheterization is a process where latex, polyurethane, or silicone tube known as a urinary catheter is inserted into the bladder through the urethra.Catheterization allows urine to drain from the bladder for collection.

During labor, it is expected that your babys head drops and also cervix dilates as contraction goes on.

A full bladder can hinder cervix from dilating . If you cannot get up and urinate due to pain and discomfort a folley’s will be inserted to empty your bladder.

It is for this same reason a midwife will encourage you to urinate whilst in labor so your bladder will be empty

During a cesarian section your bladder has to be empty to also prevent possible injury during the procedure. A folley’s catheter will be inserted

It may be used to drain the urine and removed immediately or retained until the procedure is done or completed.

A full bladder can prevent uterus from contracting after birth and this can cause bleeding.

After birth, the midwife will encourage you to urinate to empty the bladder if there is no catheter in situ. This again helps the uterus to contract well. It will also help you to recognize bleeding early enough for an intervention to be taken.

Once a catheter is in situ. You do not need to ask to urinate again. It drains the urine by it self. It collects in a urine bag which will be drained if it’s full.

Insertion of a catheter is uncomfortable but not painful. Report if it’s painful.

If it has to be kept for a long time, a daily catheter care as to be done to prevent infection. Always make sure your catheter is cleaned daily.

It may be changed weekly or every two weeks. If there are no issues after birth it is removed immediately to reduce the risk of possible infection.

Cooperate with your doctor or midwife during the process of catheterization.

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