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Caesarean Section

A Caesarean Section is an operation to remove the baby from the uterus via a sideways or vertical incision in the lower abdomen just above the hairline followed by an incision in the uterus. The baby and placenta are removed through the same incision. Occasionally obstetric forceps are used to ease the baby out through the wound. Reasons for caesarean sections may include maternal choice, elective repeat caesarean section, non-reassuring status of the baby during labour, difficulties with labour, an abnormal uterus or placenta or suspected difficulties in giving vaginal birth due to the baby or mother’s condition.

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