C-section, or cesarean section, is surgery to deliver a baby through a surgical cut (incision) made in the mother's belly area. You may need a C-section if you have pregnancy complications or an infection that can spread to the baby during vaginal delivery, or if your baby is in an abnormal position or shows signs of distress during labor. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how a C-section is performed, why it is done, and much more.
C-Section: What Can I Expect?
One in 3 babies born in the U.S. arrives via C-section. Find out what to expect during a planned C-section and an emergency C-section.
How to Recover From a C-section
You may be focused on your baby, but your body needs to heal after a C-section, too. Here’s what to expect after surgery, plus a few things you can do to heal faster.
C-Section: What Are the Risks?
A c-section may be the safest delivery option for you and your baby. But, as with any surgery, there are risks.
Is a Planned C-Section Right for Me?
Find out what you should think about before you decide if a cesarean birth makes sense for you.
Aiming to Avoid the Scalpel
The recently approved fetal oxygen monitor is reducing the number of cesarean sections.
Once a C, Always a C?
A recent study agrees that most women who have had a cesarean can safely give birth to their next child au natural -- when conditions are right.
C-Sections: Recovery, Risks, Benefits, Pain, and More
WebMD explains why C-sections are on the rise and describes what is involved and what the recovery period is like.
What to Expect if You Have a Cesarean Delivery
Find out what a cesarean birth is really like.