There are many reasons for needing a C-section. A C-section may be planned or may be an emergency and is carried out when a vaginal delivery
may put you or your baby at risk.
Reasons for needing a planned C-section include when your labour doesn't progress naturally or you go into premature labour or you have placenta praevia
(where the placenta is low lying in the womb and covering part of the womb entrance). Also if you have a viral infection, such as a first attack of genital herpes
or your baby is in the breech (feet first) position. Severe pre-eclampsia, multiple births, small pelvis or restricted growth of the baby. These are common reasons for needing a planned C-section.
Reasons for needing an emergency C-section are your baby may not be getting enough oxygen
, labor is not progressing or an induced labor has failed or there is vaginal bleeding. There are other reasons for emergency C-sections as well.
The actual weight of the baby will not determine the need for a C-section.
Dr K A Pottinger,