Obstetrics - Labor and Delivery - C-Section

Cesarean Section

A cesarean section is an abdominal operation performed to deliver a baby. It may be done when delivery through the birth canal (vagina) is not possible or safe for you or the baby. Your health care provider makes a cut in the mother's abdomen and uterus to remove the baby. The uterus is the muscular organ at the top of the vagina. Babies develop in the uterus, and menstrual blood comes from the uterus.

This procedure is also called a C-section. In the US about 15% to 20% of all births are by C-section.

You and your health care provider should discuss C-section delivery during the early part of your pregnancy. This will help you prepare for it if it suddenly becomes necessary.



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