Cesarean Section

Cesarean birth is the delivery of a baby through incisions made in the mother’s abdomen and uterus.

The following situations are some of the reasons why a cesarean birth is performed:

  • Multiple pregnancy — if a woman is pregnant with twins, a cesarean birth may be necessary if the babies are being born too early, are not in good positions in the uterus, or if there are other problems. The likelihood of having a cesarean birth increases with the number of babies a woman is carrying.
  • Failure of labor to progress — contractions may not open the cervix enough for the baby to move into the vagina.
  • Concern for the baby — for instance, the umbilical cord may become pinched or compressed or fetal monitoring may detect an abnormal heart rate.
  • Problems with the placenta
  • A large baby
  • Breech presentation
  • Maternal infections, such as human immunodeficiency virus or herpes
  • Maternal medical conditions, such as diabetes or high blood pressure.

This information was provided by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Click HERE for more information about cesarean sections. 

Sandpoint Women's Health performs cesarean sections when needed. Our providers, partnering with the Family-Centered Maternity Unit and other staff at Bonner General Health have a protocol in place in the event an emergency cesarean section is required. Bonner General Health earned the Qualis Health Award of Excellence in Healthcare Quality in 2017 for our this protocol. Click HERE to read more about the Qualis Health Award.

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