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.
WebMD explains the phases of labor and delivery, including the inducement of labor and cesarean sections.
What Is Placenta Previa and What Are the Symptoms?
Placenta Previa is a complication of pregnancy that causes the placenta to tear away from the uterus. Find out what the symptoms are and how it’s treated.
Genital Herpes and Pregnancy
WebMD explains how to avoid getting genital herpes during pregnancy, and what to do to keep yourself and baby healthy if you already have it.
Women, Pregnancy, and Epilepsy
Women with epilepsy overwhelmingly have healthy babies. But it's important to work closely with doctors throughout the pregnancy to ensure that they are taking the right epilepsy medications and other supplements to prevent against birth defects. WebMD tells you more.
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.
Aiming to Avoid the Scalpel
The recently approved fetal oxygen monitor is reducing the number of cesarean sections.
Bringing Out Baby ... at Home
Home birth is not for everyone.
A pregnancy that has progressed without any apparent hitch can still give way to complications during delivery.