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Any of these conditions can result in a cesarean delivery



  • If you have had a c-section in the past, you may be a candidate for future cesareans.

  • If you have a small pelvis and your baby cannot fit through.

  • A woman who has any type of health condition that can endanger her health during labor may have a cesarean section.

  • A woman who has a health condition that can hurt the baby if delivered vaginally may have a c-section.  Examples are AIDS or an active genital herpes infection.

  • Your water has broken and labor has not begun within 24 hours.


  • A prolapsed, pinched or compressed umbilical cord.

  • If the placenta is covering the cervix, which is called placenta previa, you will be given a cesarean section.

  • Fetal distress, such as a decreasing heart rate or lack of oxygen in the bloodstream.

  • Some doctors prefer to deliver multiple births by c-section.

  • A baby that is diagnosed prenatally with a disease or serious health condition.

  • The baby is in a breech position.

Knowing exactly what will happen during your cesarean section will help you to feel more at ease about your baby's delivery.