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What are the reasons to have a baby by C-section?

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Delivering a healthy baby is a big concern for expectant mothers. Sometimes, you or your doctor may schedule a C-section because you’re carrying two or more babies. Your doctor can deliver the baby quickly through incisions through your belly and womb.

Sometimes, you may need an emergency C-section. Reasons include:

  • You or your baby are in distress
  • Prolapsed umbilical cord (the umbilical cord drops through your cervix into your vagina ahead of your baby)
  • You’re bleeding inside
  • Placenta abruption (the placenta peels away from the wall of your uterus)
  • Uterine rupture (your uterus tears along a previous C-section scar)

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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