Why Are C-sections So Common?

How come most babies are delivered by c-section?
profile picture of The Bump Editors
ByThe Bump Editors
Feb 2017
Hero Image

Well, a vaginal breech delivery can be pretty tough. Baby’s head is the largest part of his body. When it comes out first, it stretches the cervix enough that the rest of the body comes out fairly easily afterwards. However, if the body comes out first (as with a breech baby), it might not stretch the cervix enough for the larger head to fit. In a vaginal breech birth, a prolapsed umbilical cord — when the cord goes through the birth canal before baby — is also more likely. A prolapsed cord can become pinched, which cuts off blood flow (and puts baby in serious danger).

Plus, more from The Bump:

Related Video

Can C-sections Run in the Family?

Jennifer L.W. Fink
Registered Nurse

Emergency C-section?

The Bump Editors

How and When to Schedule a C-Section?

Excerpted from The Baby Bump, Twins and Triplets Edition

Kim Jarrelle, Debbie Burbic, Jessamine Niccoli

Anisa Arsenault
Associate Editor

Shawn Johnson Reveals She “Felt Guilty” for Delivering via C-Section

Nehal Aggarwal
Associate Editor

New Tool Helps Women Predict Chances of Having a C-Section

Anisa Arsenault
Associate Editor