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What is a planned caesarean section?

A planned caesarean section delivery may be recommended by your obstetrician if they believe there are increased risks to you or to your baby if a vaginal delivery is performed. Some circumstances when this may occur include: a physical obstruction that complicates a vaginal delivery, including a pelvic fracture, uterine fibroids, or the placenta is covering the cervix; the baby is too large or your pelvis is too small for a vaginal delivery; there are multiple babies to be delivered, for example, twins or triplets; you have an infection that can be transferred to the baby during vaginal delivery (e.g., HIV or genital herpes), or; you have cervical cancer.

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Author: Dr Bow Tauro PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 24 Nov 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Caesarean section


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