Jefferson University Hospitals

Cesarean Delivery

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A cesarean delivery is a surgical delivery of your baby by an incision through your abdomen and uterus. There are several reasons you may choose to have a cesarean delivery, including a multiple birth delivery or if you have had a cesarean delivery previously. There are also events that may occur during your delivery where your obstetrician decides that a cesarean delivery would be better to ensure the health of you and your baby. Some examples include:

  • Fetal distress during a vaginal delivery
  • Abnormal delivery presentation (i.e., breech, shoulder, face)
  • Your labor fails to progress or does not progress normally
  • Placental complications (i.e., placenta previa, in which the placenta blocks the cervix and presents the risk of becoming detached prematurely from the fetus)

Specialized Training in Working with Expectant Mothers

All Jefferson obstetricians undergo a rigorous training process and are committed to providing you with the most appropriate care.

Additionally, Jefferson's Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology has a dedicated Anesthesiology Department. What that means for you is that there is 24-7 availability of anesthesiologists who have received specialized training in working with expectant mothers. If you have planned a cesarean delivery, the anesthesiologist will work with your ob-gyn to plan the specific types of medication that are appropriate for your needs and the needs of your unborn child.

Critical Care for Newborns

If your baby requires critical care after your delivery, Jefferson is among the best in the region in providing critical care for newborns. Our Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is a 40-bed combined intensive care and transitional nursery that provides specialized care required for critically ill neonates and infants, including laser eye surgery and head cooling. Level III status is the most sophisticated type of nursery available for infants who require surgery and other high-tech care.

Jefferson maintains the highest standards of care for newborns in need of special attention. Our neonatologists (physicians specializing in infant care) will care for you if you are at risk of premature birth or labor or having a baby with congenital problems or other abnormalities.