Cesarean delivery is also know as a ( cesarean section or C-section. It is the surgical delivery of a baby by an incision through the mother’s abdomen and uterus. This procedure is done when it is determined to be a safer method than vaginal delivery for the mother, baby or both.
Reasons why you may need a cesarean delivery
If a mother is not able to deliver vaginally, the baby is surgically delivered through a c-section. Some c-sections are planned or scheduled while others are done as a result of problems arising during labor.
Some of the conditions that make a cesarean delivery more likely include the following :
- Abnormal fetal heart rate
- Abnormal position of the baby such as legs down instead of the normal head down ( breech position ) .
- Fetal distress
- Genetic disorders like excess fluid in the brain
- Labor that fails to progress or does not progress normally.
- Baby is too large to be delivered vaginally .
- Placental complications such as placenta previa or placental abruption.
- Certain maternal conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure .
- Active herpes lesions in the mother’s vagina or cervix
- Carrying multiples
- Previous cesarean delivery
There may be other reasons for your doctor to recommend a cesarean.
Reasons for a C-Section: Medical, Personal, or Other. healtlline. https://www.healthline.com/health/pregnancy/c-section-reasons. Accessed November 26th, 2018
Reasons for a cesarean birth. American pregnancy Association. http://americanpregnancy.org/labor-and-birth/reasons-for-a-cesarean/. Accessed November 26th, 2018