Top 10 Reasons for Cesarean Section

May 2, 2011 by

Top 10 Reasons for Cesarean Section

The following conditions are the most common in which medical protocols suggest cesarean section delivery.  It is important to note that there alternatives for some of the below conditions.

  1. Previous C-Section – VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) is usually possible if desired, but most doctors and women plan on a C-Section for all subsequent births.
  2. Placenta Previa – This is a condition in which the placenta is low lying in the uterus such that it partially or completely covers the cervix.  In this case, it would be dangerous to deliver vaginally because if the placenta or cord comes out first, complications would arise in delivering the baby.  Some women start out with placenta previa and the condition corrects itself as the placenta migrates up to the top of the uterus during the pregnancy.  In these cases, normal birth is possible.
  3. Twins – Due to the fact that only about 40 % of twins have both babies head down at the time of birth, most twins are delivered via C-Section.
  4. Failure to Progress – This is what they call it when you stop dilating during labor.  I recently read something interesting on this at Ina May Gaskin’s website called stalled labor or “sphincter law” and it discusses how stress can cause a woman’s labor to stop.  Although C-Section is a common result of this, apparently midwives have good results in helping to restart labor.
  5. Breech Baby – If the baby is breech this almost always results in a C-Section.  There are positions and techniques such as acupuncture and Webster Technique (chiropractic) that can be used to turn the baby ahead of time but some babies still end up breech at delivery.
  6. Active STD such as Herpes – During an outbreak of an STD, a baby risks infection if delivered vaginally.
  7. Large baby – This could be an all around large baby or a baby with a large head but C-Sections are often performed in these cases (mostly by choice).  Some large babies can be the result of gestational diabetes but other factors including gestational age and genetics can result in big babies.
  8. Fetal distress – Usually due to low oxygen levels.  The baby may become distressed due to a long labor, chemical interventions, or maternal/fetal position.
  9. Prolapsed Cord – This occurs when the umbilical cord comes out before the baby and can result in distress to the baby so an emergency C-Section is performed.
  10. Placental Abruption – When the placenta detaches from the uterus, bleeding and pain can occur and this often results in a C-Section if the condition is severe.

Want to read more?  Hop over to Top 10 Reasons C-Sections are Becoming More Prevalent

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