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Cesarean Section [electronic resource]

Although a Cesarean section, or C-section, is a relatively safe surgical procedure, it should be done only in appropriate medical circumstances. Certain conditions suggest the need for the procedure: the baby is in a feet-first, or breech, position; the baby is in a shoulder-first, or transverse, position; the baby's head is too large to fit through the birth canal; labor is prolonged, and the mother's cervix will not dilate to 4 inches (10 cm); the mother has placenta previa, a condition in which the placenta is blocking the birth canal; or signs of fetal distress arise. (Fetal distress means danger to the fetus brought on by decreased oxygen flow to the fetus.) Common causes of fetal distress are compression of the umbilical cord, compression of major blood vessels in the mother's [...]
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2010