Babies can enter this world in one of two different ways: pregnant women can deliver their newborn through a vaginal birth or surgical delivery known as a caesarean section or a c-section. As we know, the ultimate objective is to safely give birth to a healthy and happy baby.
Sometimes, C-sections are planned because of medical reasons that can make a vaginal birth risky. A woman may know in advance that she will need a C-section because she is expecting twins or other multiple babies. She may have a medical condition such as diabetes or high blood pressure.
The mother may want to avoid an infection that complicates pregnancy such as HIV or herpes, or she may be experiencing problems with the placenta during her pregnancy. She may have had a previous c-section, and the hospital or birth center where she will be having her baby may not offer the option of a vaginal birth after a c-section (VBAC).
There are dangers involved with a c-section that should be considered. Watch this video to learn more.