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What are the indications for a cesarean section?

By Zaira Salvador.
Last Update: 11/24/2021

The general course of action at the end of a pregnancy is natural childbirth and a cesarean section will only be performed in certain situations such as the following:

  • Abnormal heart rate of the baby
  • Position of the baby that hinders natural childbirth
  • Developmental problems of the baby such as spina bifida or hydrocephalus
  • Some cases of multiple pregnancies
  • Genital infection of the mother
  • Serious illness of the mother
  • That the natural delivery is prolonged too long
  • Placenta praevia or placental abruption
  • Prolapse of the umbilical cord

In general, any situation that endangers the life of the baby or the mother will be indicative of a cesarean section.

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 Zaira Salvador
Zaira Salvador
BSc, MSc
Embryologist
Bachelor's Degree in Biotechnology from the Technical University of Valencia (UPV). Biotechnology Degree from the National University of Ireland en Galway (NUIG) and embryologist specializing in Assisted Reproduction, with a Master's Degree in Biotechnology of Human Reproduction from the University of Valencia (UV) and the Valencian Infertility Institute (IVI)
License: 3185-CV
Embryologist. Bachelor's Degree in Biotechnology from the Technical University of Valencia (UPV). Biotechnology Degree from the National University of Ireland en Galway (NUIG) and embryologist specializing in Assisted Reproduction, with a Master's Degree in Biotechnology of Human Reproduction from the University of Valencia (UV) and the Valencian Infertility Institute (IVI) License: 3185-CV.