For some women, vaginal birth is just not possible due to the risks to the mother and baby. The most common conditions during pregnancy that require cesarean delivery include placenta previa, placenta accreta, previous major surgery of the uterus, and high-order multiples (three or more babies). While the need for a cesarean initially may be disappointing to an expectant mother, planning for the delivery can make the experience more positive.
In today’s blog post, obstetrician Dr. Daniela Carusi, Director of Surgical Obstetrics at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), offers valuable information and helpful advice for women who are preparing for the birth of a baby by cesarean section (C-section).
Timing is key.
In cases with high risk of bleeding or uterine rupture with contractions, the cesarean is typically scheduled several weeks before the due date. This is to minimize the risk that the mother will go into labor before the scheduled cesarean.