It's your right to choose AND refuse C-sections!
Updated: Jul 15
It is always your choice.
A caesarean section (C-section) is an operation to deliver your baby. A doctor makes a cut in your lower abdomen and womb and lifts the baby out through it.
You may have a planned (elective) section, where you know you will choose and then schedule this option before you go into labor. You may choose this route for medical options like a low-lying placenta or placenta praevia, if you’re expecting multiples, or you feel this option is best for you.
You may have an unplanned section, an alternative to vaginal delivery after labor has started. This usually occurs when the baby needs to be delivered quickly, usually due to a concern about a baby’s wellbeing.
There is no evidence that your height or the size of your baby can predict whether you will need a c-section.
If you are offered a c-section because of medical reasons, it is your choice whether to have one or not. You do not have to have one if you don’t want one.