Vaginal Delivery / Normal Delivery
Cesarean Birth / C-section / Cesarean Delivery
When is a Cesarean section advised?
A Cesarean section is advised as a planned mode of delivery in case some issues are identified beforehand. Some of the reasons include:
- Position of the baby is not as expected around the due date, i.e., head down.
- Medical issues with the mother which may be risky for the mother or the baby like, heart disease, infections, etc.
- Multiple pregnancy or more than one baby (twins or triplets).
- Previous history of Cesarean section which doesn’t allow a vaginal delivery to be attempted.
However, in many cases, a decision to undertake Cesarean section may be taken while the patient is in labour pain. Such unplanned Cesarean section is advised due to reasons such as:
- Risk to the baby by a peculiar positioning of the placenta or the umbilical cord
- Signs of distress of the baby like a very fast or slow heart rate
- Slow, hard labour