Medical reasons for a C-section

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
The Medical Reasons For Having A C-Section
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Medical reasons for a C-section

The medical reasons why you might need to have a C section for the delivery of your child are relatively few. The most important one would be some kind of complication occurring during the course of labor, either the baby is not tolerating labor so now you are having what is called emergent or urgent Cesarean section, mom having a medical condition that’s deteriorating such as high blood pressure or some other medical condition she came in that is not going to tolerate the the stress of labor and then probably the largest category during labor would be what we call arrest of progress; either the baby is not coming down or the cervix is not continuing to dilate and it’s a judgment call. but those are the most common reasons people make the decision during labor to have a Cesarean. The decision to have a Cesarean that’s medically indicated prior to labor would be things like, prior surgery that might complicate the vaginal delivery, a breech presentation, multiples; those are probably the most common reasons why people would have a planned medically indicated Cesarean.

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


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Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz, MD

Obstetrician & Gynecologist

Dr. Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz completed her undergraduate education at Wesleyan University and post-baccalaureate pre-medical studies at Mills College. She earned her medical degree in 1996 from the University of Southern California School of Medicine, completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Cedars Sinai Medical Center and has been in private practice of obstetrics and gynecology in Los Angeles, CA since 2000. After many years of a personal yoga and meditation practice, she completed her Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist degree at California College of Ayurveda in 2010 and was board certified in Integrative and Holistic medicine in 2008.

Suzanne is involved in women’s empowerment and public education, and appears frequently as an expert in women’s and integrative health on TV, online and in print. She is co-founder of Cedars Sinai Medical Center's Green Committee and is deeply committed to the promotion of healing that involves individuals, families, communities and the planet.  She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children in a "green" renovated home with a sustainable native plants garden and organic “urban mini-farm”.

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