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In cases where pregnant women are older, at high risk, or giving birth to multiples, a cesarean delivery (C-section) can help ensure the safety of both mother and infant(s). In recent years, however, more C-sections are being performed than necessary, as increasing numbers of women have come to regard it as a more convenient form of giving birth. However, it is important to understand that undergoing a C-section unnecessarily has its risks. According to a recent study from the CDC, women undergoing their first cesarean delivery have a higher rate of intensive care unit (ICU) admissions compared to women who give birth vaginally or have a repeat cesarean. The study concludes that the safest way to give birth is vaginally.

When you are ready to have a baby, it’s important to take some steps prior to conception. See your doctor for a checkup to make sure you are healthy prior to conception. At LADIES FIRST OBSTETRICS & GYNECOLOGY OF DOTHAN we listen, support, teach and empower you to make healthy choices so that your pregnancy is a joyful experience. When it’s time to deliver, you can rest easy that our doctors will be there for you, creating a warm, safe, and joyous welcome for the newest family member. Call (334) 671-9445 to schedule an appointment at our modern facilities located at our offices in Dothan, Ozark, & Enterprise. Most insurance plans are accepted. “Excellence in Caring For Women”

P.S. Failure to progress in labor is the most common indication for performance of a cesarean section.