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A Caesarean section (C-section) is a surgical procedure used to deliver a baby through incisions made in the mother’s abdomen and uterus. It is usually performed when a vaginal delivery is not possible or safe for the mother or the baby.

 

Some of the common reasons a C-section may be necessary include:

  1. Previous C-section: Women who have had a previous C-section may require another C-section for subsequent deliveries, although a vaginal birth after C-section (VBAC) may be possible in some cases.
  2. Labor complications: Difficult labour, such as prolonged labour, fetal distress, or umbilical cord prolapse, may require a C-section to ensure a safe delivery for both the mother and baby.
  3. Breech presentation: A baby in a breech position, where the baby’s feet or buttocks are positioned to come out first, may require a C-section to avoid complications during delivery.
  4. Multiple pregnancies: Women carrying twins or triplets may require a C-section if the babies are not in the proper position for vaginal delivery.
  5. Maternal health complications: Certain maternal health conditions, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, or heart disease, may require a C-section to ensure a safe delivery.

 

C-sections are generally safe procedures, but like any surgery, they do carry risks, such as bleeding, infection, blood clots, and injury to internal organs. 

 

It is important for women to discuss their options with their healthcare provider and carefully consider the risks and benefits of a C-section versus an attempted vaginal delivery. 

 

You can make an appointment with Dr Kenny on 07 3188 5000.

This article is written to be informative and does not substitute seeking a professional consultation from a medical professional.

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