Cesarean Sections

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Position. Babies who are breech (presenting buttocks first or feet first) or traverse (side or shoulder first) sometimes require cesarean delivery.

Medical problems in the mother. Long-standing diabetes or active genital herpes can make vaginal delivery dangerous to mother or baby.

Previous cesarean. Some women with previous cesareans can deliver vaginally, but for others, another cesarean is the safer choice.

Birth defects. Depending on the situation, a baby with a major birth defect may have a better outcome if delivered by cesarean.

Multiples. Twins and triplets may be delivered vaginally or by cesarean, depending on the situation. The more babies you are carrying, the more likely it is that your doctor will recommend a planned cesarean.

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