A caesarean section or c-section can save women and babies if there are any complications during pregnancy or birth.
Dr. Zanotti of the Cleveland Clinic says they’re seeing more of this procedure than ever. They’re a common procedure around the world. One in three mothers has one.
She says having a talk with your doctor about complications is important.
“I think it’s an individual concern for each person. It’s looking at the person’s health history to decide what’s right for them. There are pros and cons to both but a c-section is still a major surgery and so you have to look at what your long-term reproductive goals are as well.”
There are several reasons a mother might consider the procedure — if the baby isn’t coming out the right way or labor is obstructed. It could also be a concern for the fetal heart rate or mom’s health.