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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