A Cesarean section, or hysterotomy, is the surgical operation for delivering young by cutting through the abdominal wall of the mother. Cesareans sections are often performed on an emergency basis, but may sometimes be scheduled if the mom has undergone a previous Cesarean or if there is a foreseeable problem with the birth.
Reasons For Cesarean Section
A Cesarean section may be necessary for a variety of reasons. A prolonged difficult labor is more dangerous to the fetus than a cesarean section and, even if a complete hysterectomy is necessary.
Cesarean sections may also be performed for any of the following reasons:
- Failure of uterine contractions
- Prolonged labor
- Oversized fetus
- Maternal toxemia
- Gestational diabetes
- Abnormal position or presentation of the fetus
- Anatomical abnormality of the mother
- Insufficient cervical dilation
- Separation of the placenta