Cesarean sections, or C-sections, are performed in the United States at a rate higher than that of any country in the world. Nearly one in three pregnant women will undergo this procedure, when the World Health Organization says that rate should fall closer to one in 10.
There are valid reasons to undergo a c-section, and understanding what these are before you go into labor can be helpful. You should also have a frank discussion with your OB-Gyn about the point at which you are comfortable having the procedure done. Here are reasons when a c-section may be medically necessary.
Complications During Pregnancy
There are various complications during pregnancy that elicit the need for a c-section. These include problems with the placenta, an infection like HIV or genital herpes, you are having multiples, or you have a chronic condition like high blood pressure or diabetes.
Labor and Birth Complications
If your baby is too big to pass through your birth canal without risking the safety of you and the infant, you may need a c-section. Other complications include a baby that is in the breech position, if labor slows or stops, of if the umbilical cord prolapses. If your baby has fetal distress or certain types of birth defects, you may have to undergo a c-section.
There are instances in which your c-section will be scheduled well ahead of time. If this is the case, you should make plans with your doctor to wait until you are at least in your 39th week of pregnancy. This will give your infant the time they need to grow and develop prior to being born.
Outside of an emergency, you should have time to discuss the possibility of needing to undergo a c-section with your doctor. Set boundaries if you are not comfortable with the procedure. If you feel that your OB-Gyn is pushing a c-section against your wishes, it is your option to find another doctor.
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