At Northern Light Mercy, our cesarean section rate is well below Maine’s average. However, whether due to your needs or your baby’s, you may require a c-section. Some reasons for a planned c-section include if your baby is in breech position (bottom or feet-first), if you have placenta previa (when the placenta is low in the uterus), or if you’ve had a cesarean section in the past. The decision for a c-section is one that is made between you and your provider.
If you require a c-section, you’ll be given a date for your delivery either at an office visit or by receiving a phone call from a triage nurse. Prior to your c-section, you’ll have a preoperative visit, where you’ll go over what to expect and be given special supplies to prevent infection.