C-Sections 101

Why Are C-Sections Done After Labor Has Started?

Once labor has begun the ideal outcome is always a vaginal delivery. However, there are times when it becomes clear that this could be risky for mom's or baby's health -- and c-section becomes medically necessary. The main reasons this happens are:

  • Your labor's stalling, or your baby's head is too big to fit through your pelvis (this is called cephalopelvic disproportion): These are the two most common reasons for needing a c-section, and account for about 30 percent of all cesareans.
  • Your baby's distressed: A c-section often becomes necessary if there are issues with the baby's heart rate or if the baby's oxygen supply has been disrupted by a prolapsed cord (a condition in which the cord slips down through the cervix ahead of the baby and becomes compressed) or if your placenta starts to separate from the wall of your uterus (a condition called placental abruption).

Birth Stories Unplanned C-section
Birth Stories Unplanned C-section

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