A Caesarean or C-section is the surgical delivery method where an Obstetrician surgically removes the baby through the mother’s abdomen and uterus. A mother usually is offered this method when complications with vaginal delivery occur or occasionally when a previous baby was born by Caesarean. Specific complications may include: fetal distress, vaginal canal too small for delivery, health problems with mother, the placenta is covering the cervical opening (known as placenta previa), or undesirable positioning of the baby. Elective C-sections are also done which can provide peace of mind for the mother by knowing exactly when her baby will arrive. There is a risk of preterm delivery with elective C-sections if the due date was calculated incorrectly. Complications are similar to any surgery including increased risk of blood clots, infection, and a slightly higher mortality risk.
Birth is a deeply personal experience. Have a conversation with your doctor or midwife about which option is best for you.
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