Related Media: Cesarean Section

Cesarean section is the delivery of a fetus through the abdominal wall and uterus. In the 1970s, when the cesarean section rate tripled, the medical mantra was "once a cesarean, always a cesarean." These days, most women who have had at least one child delivered by C-section will have to decide whether to try to deliver a child that follows vaginally. This is a decision colored by a complex set of factors, including:

  • A woman's own experience
  • The reason for the original C-section
  • Her subsequent recovery
  • Her overall health
  • Her personal preference
  • Her doctor's experience

What makes the decision more complex is the fact that obstetrics professionals are struggling with the issue themselves.