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What are procedures for an emergency C-section?

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Emergency C-sections are done when the mother or the baby may be in danger. Doctors can get the baby out as quickly as in one minute.

If you had an epidural while you attempted vaginal delivery, your anesthesiologist may have time to give you enough medicine through your epidural so you’ll be able to be awake during the C-section. If not, you may get general anesthesia so you won’t be awake during your C-section.

SOURCES:

Northern New England Perinatal Quality Improvement Networks: "Emergency Cesarean Section."

Guidelines for Obstetrics: "Classification of Urgency of Cesarean Section."

Cleveland Clinic: "Treatments and Procedures: Cesarean Birth."

Harvard Health Publications: "Cesarean Section.”

Journal of Healthcare Risk Management: "Is the obstetric guideline of 30 minutes from decision to incision for cesarean delivery clinically significant?"

Mayo Clinic: "Test and Procedures: C-Section Risks."

UpToDate: “Emergency Cesarean Delivery.”

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on October 16, 2018

SOURCES:

Northern New England Perinatal Quality Improvement Networks: "Emergency Cesarean Section."

Guidelines for Obstetrics: "Classification of Urgency of Cesarean Section."

Cleveland Clinic: "Treatments and Procedures: Cesarean Birth."

Harvard Health Publications: "Cesarean Section.”

Journal of Healthcare Risk Management: "Is the obstetric guideline of 30 minutes from decision to incision for cesarean delivery clinically significant?"

Mayo Clinic: "Test and Procedures: C-Section Risks."

UpToDate: “Emergency Cesarean Delivery.”

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on October 16, 2018

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