What to Consider before C-section

Talk to your doctor or midwife about why they think you should have a C-section. If the baby’s size is the reason, ask how accurate the weight estimates are. Find out if you have any other options to address their concern.

Will you be able to wait until 39 or 40 weeks, as the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology recommends?

Make sure you understand what harm could come to you and your infant if you don’t have a C-section.

If having more children is important to you, find out if you’ll need the procedure for future deliveries.

If you plan to deliver vaginally and have concerns about having an unnecessary cesarean delivery, talk to your doctor or midwife ahead of time. Ask in what types of situations cesarean section is usually used and what steps he or she takes to promote a vaginal birth.

Public health experts have urged the North American obstetric community to reduce the percentage of deliveries done by cesarean, identifying birth scenarios that may not necessarily require surgical delivery.

Some doctors are more likely to see a need for a cesarean than others. For example, what one doctor considers a slow labor may be a normal labor to another. But all doctors are guided by the common goal of a healthy labor and delivery for both the mother and her newborn.

Think about whether or not the benefits of this surgery clearly outweigh the risks. It’s OK to get a second opinion to help you decide.


What is a scheduled C-section

Emergency Cesarean

How a Cesarean Section Is Done

Risk factors of a C-section

Long-term risks of Cesarean section


Recovery after Cesarean

How it feels after C-section

When to breastfeed after C-section

Taking care at home after C-section

When to call a doctor after Cesarean



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