1. Health
You can opt-out at any time. Please refer to our privacy policy for contact information.

Discuss in my forum

Why would you need an unplanned cesarean section?


Updated March 14, 2014

Cesarean Scar and Bruising
Photo © Peter Dazeley/Getty Images
Question: Why would you need an unplanned cesarean section?
Answer: There are many reasons why a cesarean might be performed in labor. Here are some of the most common ones.

  • Failed induction - this may be the cervix fails to dilate in a preset amount of time, or mother or baby become ill from the induction of labor.

  • Labor dystocia - labor stalls, can be early or late in labor.

  • Fetal distress - where the baby's heart rate is non-reassuring or has developed a pattern of not returning to a normal baseline on the fetal monitoring strip.

  • Maternal distress - this may be fever or other problems with the mother.

  • Infection of mother or baby.

  • Bleeding from the uterus or placenta as in a placental abruption or uterine rupture.

  • Cephalopelvic disproportion (CPD) where the pelvis and baby are a supposed mismatch, often termed big baby.

It is important to note most of these reasons are not emergent and provide you with time to get informed consent and to make a decision.

See also: Cesarean Birth: Step by Step

  1. About.com
  2. Health
  3. Pregnancy & Childbirth
  4. Labor and Birth
  5. Labor Fears
  6. Why would you need an unplanned cesarean section?

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.

We comply with the HONcode standard
for trustworthy health
information: verify here.