A cesarean birth, C-section, is an abdominal operation performed to deliver a baby when a vaginal delivery is not possible or safe. During a cesarean, you’ll be given anesthesia (usually a spinal or epidural), and your doctor will make an incision in your abdomen and uterus to deliver the baby.
Your doctor may recommend a scheduled cesarean if you develop pregnancy complications that could put you or the baby at risk. Women who’ve had previous cesareans may also plan to have another.
During labor, a variety of situations can occur that may require an unplanned cesarean, including:
- Prolonged labor
- Abnormal positioning of the baby
- Umbilical cord problems
- Placenta problems
- Decreased oxygen to the baby
- High blood pressure, infection or other health problem
When needed, our neonatal specialists attend high-risk deliveries and provide care to newborns immediately after birth.