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Cesarean delivery: Preoperative issues

Vincenzo Berghella, MD
Section Editor
Charles J Lockwood, MD, MHCM
Deputy Editor
Vanessa A Barss, MD, FACOG


Cesarean delivery (also called cesarean section and cesarean birth) refers to the delivery of a baby through surgical incisions in the abdomen and uterus. Cesarean deliveries are categorized as either primary (ie, first cesarean delivery) or repeat (ie, after a previous cesarean birth). The total cesarean delivery rate is the sum of these two components.

This topic will review preoperative issues relating to cesarean delivery. Surgical technique, postoperative issues, repeat cesarean delivery, and trial of labor after cesarean delivery are discussed separately:

(See "Cesarean delivery: Technique".)

(See "Cesarean delivery: Postoperative issues".)

(See "Repeat cesarean delivery".)


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