My doctor mentioned I may need to have a cesarean birth. What factors determine if a cesarean delivery is needed?
Cesarean deliveries, or c-section as it’s commonly called, are sometimes planned ahead if the baby is believed to be quite large or if it’s in a breech position. Also, if the mother has a disease or condition that would worsen from the stress of labor. Many cesarean deliveries are done on an emergency basis when problems develop with the mother or baby during labor. If either one shows signs of distress, or the labor is difficult and slow, the physician will recommend a cesarean delivery. The main objective is to protect the life of the mother and the baby, and most physicians will do everything possible to avoid surgery. If you have concerns about a cesarean delivery, talk with your doctor to understand the reasons for it and to know what options you have.