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C-Sections and V-BACs

Everything You Need To know About C-Sections (Cesarean Section)

A cesarean section, commonly referred to as a c-section, is the delivery of a newborn through a surgical incision in the woman’s abdomen and uterus as opposed to going through the birth canal, naturally. According to the CDC, the cesarean delivery rate in 2014 was 32.2% of all births. Over a million cesarean sections were performed and although the percentage growth has slowed down somewhat over the last few years, it's much higher than historical levels and it has CDC concerned. Some researchers even claim that half of the c-sections performed in the United States could have been safe vaginal deliveries. Percentage also varies greatly by hospitals, so it's good idea to do your research before deciding where to give birth, as the biggest risk factor of having a c-section might just be the hospital you pick.

Scheduled vs. Emergency Procedure

Depending on the circumstance and advice of your doctor, c-sections can either be scheduled or unplanned procedures. There are a couple main reasons that women have planned c-sections, according ... Read more

OBGYN Lauren Hyman, MD, explains the risks and complications for women associated with having a VBAC as opposed to having a second C-section
elective c-section
More and more women are choosing to plan their child’s birth ahead of time with elective C-sections. In fact, the number of C-sections in the U.S. read more
OBGYN Jay Goldberg, MD, explains the standard procedures during an expected C-section and what a pregnant and her partner can expect during the procedure
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Recovering from a C-section is a whole different experience than recovering from a vaginal birth. In the best-case scenario, it can take 4-6 weeks before you start to... read more
Get every detail that you could ever need to know about preparing for your planned c-section. Dr. Lauren Hyman lists out everything that you need to bring and do to make... read more
OBGYN Jay Goldberg, MD, explains medical reasons that can lead to a doctor choosing to perform an anticipated or unanticipated C-section during childbirth
Obstetrician Paul Crane, MD, explains what the risks and benefits are of having a vaginal birth after cesarean (vbac)
OBGYN Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz, MD, explains benefits and risks associated with a woman choosing to have an elective c-section for childbirth
Obstetrician Paul Crane, MD, explains the possible reasons behind the great rise in cesarean section rates in the United States over the past 40 years
OBGYN Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz, MD, explains the medical reasons why a woman might need to have a C-section for the delivery of her baby
OBGYN Shamsay Amersi, MD, shares advice for women on the risks of choosing an elective C-section without any medical indications
OBGYN Sheryl Ross, MD, explains when elective c-sections are normally performed and the factors that may influence a woman to have an elective c-section
Physical Therapist Deena Goodman, PT, shares advice on the benefits of having a Cesarean Section to help with postpartum recovery
Dani Klein Modiset describes her unique and unexpected journey of giving birth and how she was prepared to have an unplanned c-section. Watch this video to learn more.
Mom Debi Cox explains why her natural VBAC was such a proud moment for her and what she did to make it easier and less stressful.

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