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What are reasons for an unscheduled C-section?

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An unscheduled C-section differs from an emergency C-section. Unplanned cesareans are medically urgent, but usually the life of the mother or the baby aren’t at risk. Common causes for an unplanned C-section could include:

  • Labor isn't progressing.
  • Contractions are too weak.
  • Baby isn’t tolerating labor.
  • Baby is sideways or breech when labor begins.

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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