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Q&A: What Are Some Reasons I May Need A C-section?

What are some reasons I may need a c-section?

A c-section occurs in 32 percent of all deliveries in the US. In a c-section, mom is given anesthesia and the baby is delivered through an incision in her abdominal and uterine walls. Your doctor might say you need a c-section if you have a high-risk pregnancy or if your or baby's health could be jeopardized by a vaginal delivery. Some reasons include placenta previa (the placenta covers the cervix), uterine rupture (a tear in the uterus), baby is breech, fetal distress, preeclampsia and being pregnant with multiples.

By Ashley S. Roman, MD, ob-gyn and clinical assistant professor at New York University School of Medicine