C-Section Essential Information Series

ANSWER: “If your doctor or your midwife recommends having a C-section after you’ve already come in and labor; It can definitely be disconcerting, it’s pretty rare that a C-section has to happen as an absolute emergency. So in the majority of cases, you actually have a minute to sort of discuss things with your doctor, make sure you understand the reasons why.

The truth is like in the majority of cases where we recommend c-sections, you have time and it’s not entirely black and white, right? I mean, there are a few cases where you definitely need a C-section and in those cases it’s important to have a relationship with your clinician where you trust them and hopefully they’re making the best decisions for you. And the majority of cases. That’s definitely true. but you know, it’s also very common that things might be headed towards a C-section and that should be a conversation always between you and your doctor. And should be a decision that you arrive at together.”

Dr. Neel Shah, MD, MPP
Dr. Neel Shah, MD, MPP, FACOG, is an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School, and Director of the Delivery Decisions Initiative at Harvard’s Ariadne Labs. As an obstetrician-gynecologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston,... Read More