A cesarean delivery is typically performed when complications from pregnancy make traditional vaginal birth difficult,or
put the mother or child at risk.
baby has developmental conditions
baby’s head is too big for the birth canal
the baby is coming out feet first (breech birth)
early pregnancy complications
mother’s health problems, such as high blood pressure or unstable heart disease
The risks of a cesarean delivery
breathing problems for the child, especially if done before 39 weeks of pregnancy
increased risks for future pregnancies
You and your doctor will discuss your birthing options before your due date. Your doctor will also be able to determine if you or your baby are showing any signs of complications that would require a cesarean delivery.