Story by: Norton Healthcare on May 13, 2022
A cesarean section (C-section) can be an essential, lifesaving surgery during labor and delivery, with more health risks for a mother compared to a vaginal birth.
“Even though all C-sections have some health risks, I believe C-sections should be done in cases when it is medically necessary, when a vaginal birth would have more risk than a C-section,” said Kris E. Barnsfather, M.D., OB/GYN with Norton Women’s Care.
A C-section is a surgical procedure in which a baby is delivered through incisions in the uterus and abdomen. Health risks for C-sections include infection, hemorrhage, uterine rupture and respiratory issues for infants. Mothers who undergo a C-section can face additional health risks during future pregnancies and deliveries.
Norton Women’s Care, with childbirth services at Norton Hospital and Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital, has been recognized as High Performing in Adult Maternity Care (Uncomplicated Pregnancy) by U.S. News & World Report, rated “excellent” at minimizing avoidable C-sections.
Caregivers at Norton Healthcare’s two labor and delivery locations deliver more than 8,000 babies a year, and fewer than 23.9% of first-time, low-risk pregnancies at full term were cesarean deliveries.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2020, nearly one-third (31.8%) of all live births in the U.S. were cesarean deliveries. CDC data shows the C-section rate in the U.S. has risen from being less than one-quarter (23.5%) in 1991, and providers have been encouraged to minimize the health risks for otherwise healthy patients.
U.S. News & World Report has rated Norton Women’s Care “excellent” at minimizing avoidable cesarean sections.
Norton Women’s Care offers special resources and programs that can enhance a patient’s birth experience:
While many deliveries are uncomplicated, Norton Women’s Care also specializes in high-risk deliveries, with a specialty maternal-fetal medicine program and connection to specialists in two neonatal intensive care units.
Upcoming childbirth classes include:
Learn about signs, stages and phases of labor; Lamaze principles; cesarean delivery; medical interventions; anesthesia; comfort techniques; and more. This class is recommended for first-time moms and their partners during the fifth, sixth or seventh month of pregnancy.
Select an appointment date and time from available spots listed below.