Cesarean delivery, also called C-section, is surgery to deliver a baby. The baby is taken out through the mother's abdomen. Most cesarean births result in healthy babies and mothers. But c-section is major surgery and carries risks. Healing also takes longer than with vaginal birth. One of the first major decisions you’ll make as a mom-to-be is how to deliver your baby. While a vaginal delivery is considered safest, doctors today are performing cesarean deliveries more often.
A cesarean delivery is a common but complicated procedure that poses health risks for mom and baby. For instance, if your baby is breech and doesn’t change position as your due date approaches, your doctor may schedule a cesarean delivery. This delivery can be chosen also for non-medical reasons but it is important to understand the risks it poses from blood loss, to organ damage, infections, blood clots and allergic reactions.
Some women prefer to deliver by surgery because it gives them more control in deciding when their baby is born and it may also reduce some anxiety of waiting for labor to start. However reasons for C- section delivery may arise in the following circumstances when;
-Labor is not progressing. Contractions may not allow the cervix open wide enough for the baby to move through the vagina for delivery.
-The infant's health is in danger such as cases of pinched umbilical cord or the abnormal heart rate of fetus. In these cases, a cesarean delivery allows the baby to be delivered quickly to resolve the baby's health challenges.
-The baby is in the wrong position. Most often when this occurs, the baby is breech which means that the baby is coming out feet first instead of head first. The baby may also be in a sideways or diagonal position at times.
-The pregnant woman is delivering two or more fetuses (multiple pregnancy). A cesarean delivery may be needed if labor is preterm meaning has started too early, if the fetuses are not in good positions within the uterus for natural delivery, or if there are other problems.
-The mother has an infection, such as HIV or herpes, that could be passed to the baby during vaginal birth. Cesarean delivery may help prevent direct transmission of the virus to the infant.
-The baby is too large. Larger infants are at risk for complications during delivery. These include shoulder dystocia when the baby is delivered through the vagina but the shoulders are stuck. Women with gestational diabetes, especially if their blood sugar levels are not well managed tend to have large babies.
-The placenta has problems. Sometimes the placenta is not formed or working correctly, is in the wrong place in the uterus, or is implanted too deeply or firmly in the uterine wall. These issues can cause problems, such as preventing needed oxygen and nutrients from reaching the fetus or causing vaginal bleeding.
-The mother has a specific medical condition. A cesarean delivery enables the health care provider to better manage the mother's health issues.
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