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Preoperative Procedures for Cesarean

If you are having a planned cesarean, you have the choice of entering the hospital the day before the surgery or on the morning of the baby’s birth. Some women choose the second option...

Planned and Unplanned Cesarean

There are two types of cesarean births—planned and unplanned. Most primary (first-time) cesarean births are unplanned. Many of the same routines are followed for both types of cesareans, although they might be done in...

How to Avoid Unnecessary Cesarean

A cesarean delivery may be necessary to save the life of the woman or baby. But an unnecessary cesarean should be avoided at all costs, as there are risks involved. Cesarean section is major...

Indications for Cesarean Birth

Cesarean deliveries are performed for many reasons. Because opinions vary concerning these reasons, you might want to get a second opinion if you are told that you need a c-section. Over one-third of the...

Family-Centered Cesarean Birth

A cesarean section is more than an operation. It is the birth of a baby. The way a father and mother feel about their childbirth experience may affect their ability to bond with their...

Unexpected Outcomes of Labor and Birth

This chapter has presented variations in the usual progression of labor and the possible medical interventions that could result. The next chapter discusses cesarean birth. If you are like most expectant parents, you are...