Cesarean Childbirth Topic Guide
C-Section (Cesarean Childbirth): Cesarean section (C-section) is a major abdominal childbirth surgery either planned because existing medical concerns about the mother's and/or child's health may complicate vaginal delivery, or performed as an emergency measure to extract the baby during a delivery that has turned dangerous, which can happen for a number of reasons.
Vaginal Birth After Cesarean Delivery Vaginal birth after cesarean delivery (VBAC) is when a woman has had a cesarean delivery (C-section) before, and she delivers the next baby vaginally. If a woman and her doctor decide a VBAC is an option, she will have a "trial of labor," with the goal of vaginal childbirth. Despite the trial, many women still need another C-section.
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