The safety of pregnant patients and their babies are always our top priority. While a vaginal delivery is typically preferable due to decreased healing time, blood loss, and potential complications in future pregnancies, there are times when a cesarean section (C-section) is the best and safest option. C-sections may be planned in advance due to position of the baby, complications of the pregnancy, or a history of a prior C-section (see VBAC). It may also be determined that a C-section is needed during labor due to the baby not tolerating labor, labor not progressing despite interventions to help progression or health concerns for the mother.
The cesarean rate in our practice is far less than the national average; we ensure communication with patients about changes in delivery plan to ensure safety as well as patient understanding.