Sometimes, an emergency or an elective reason can cause a delivery to be done through an incision in the abdominal wall and uterus rather than through the vagina. The procedure is commonly called caesarean section or c-section.
The cases of caesarean births have gradually increased over the past 30 years. On an average, more than 1 in 4 women are likely to deliver through c-section.
While it’s best to have your baby through vaginal birth if your pregnancy is healthy, some medical reasons can make a c-section delivery inevitable. Some pregnancy complications make vaginal birth unsafe for the baby and/or mother, which is when your health care professional would suggest that you have a c-section.
A planned (elective) caesarean may happen because:
Occasionally, medical staff will move quickly to operate so that your baby can be born safely (emergency caesarean). This may happen if:
If your doctor has advised a c-section for your delivery, you must discuss your particular case with them in detail. It is best to ask for a second opinion if you are unsure if the decision is right for you.
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