How and When to Schedule a C-Section?

My doctor says I need to schedule a c-section. How and when do I arrange this?
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Mar 2017
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If your doctor has decided in advance that you’ll need to deliver via c-section, his office will probably schedule the procedure for you as early as a few months in advance. The surgery should take place as close to your due date as possible — typically about two to three weeks prior for twins — since you still want to prevent health problems that can be a result of preterm birth (like underdeveloped lungs). Even if your doc is taking care of the scheduling, you’ll probably have to be in touch with the hospital yourself to fill out any preregistration paperwork required. You also should consider getting a  tour of the hospital prior to the surgery, so you get to know the facilities.

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