What It's Used For
A C-section may be done for reasons related to the health of the mother or baby, or conditions related to the pregnancy or process of labor.
Reasons related to a mother's health that may lead to a C-section include:
Reasons for cesarean delivery related to the baby's condition include:
Reasons for cesarean delivery related to the pregnancy include:
C-sections are generally safe. But the risk of major complications during the surgery is higher than with vaginal birth. Some of the increased risk is related to the reason why cesarean delivery was recommended and not related to the procedure itself.
Vaginal birth is preferred over cesarean when labor and the delivery are proceeding without complications.
In some cases, cesarean delivery is clearly appropriate. The use of C-sections sections in these circumstances has made delivery dramatically safer for both mother and child.
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