A C-section, also called a cesarean section, is the delivery of a baby through a surgical opening in the lower belly area.
Abdominal delivery; Abdominal birth; Cesarean section
A C-section delivery is performed when a vaginal birth is not possible or is not safe for the mother or child.
Surgery is usually done while the woman is awake but numbed from the chest to the feet. This is done by giving her epidural or spinal anesthesia.
There has been an ongoing shift in the past several years to a "planned C-section birth" option for women giving birth, as opposed to... Read more »