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Cesarean Births

The Birthing Pavilion includes two operating rooms for cesarean section (also known as C-section) births.

If your pregnancy has had certain complications, you may need to have a planned C-section delivery. Or, in some cases, a physician may recommend an unplanned C-section when there are problems during a normal delivery.

Cesarean births at DHMC

Our obstetricians, midwives, and Family Practice providers believe that vaginal birth is the best for the majority of women. However C-section can be used safely to assist a woman with birth in specific situations.

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  • In 2006-2007, only 15 percent of the births in the DHMC Birthing Pavilion were by unplanned C-section.
  • During the same period, 93 percent of women who chose to attempt a vaginal birth after previously having a C-section birth successfully delivered their babies vaginally at the DHMC Birthing Pavilion. Read more about Vaginal Birth after Cesarean (VBAC).
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