How does a planned C-section differ from an unplanned C-section?
A planned C-section offers some advantages over an unplanned C-section that occurs during labor. For example, there is a lower risk of surgical injuries and of infections. Nonetheless, a planned cesarean still involves the risks associated with major surgery. And both planned and unplanned cesareans result in a uterine scar, which increases risk for serious concerns for mothers and babies in future pregnancies, and for adhesion-relation problems in mothers at any time. There are growing concerns that shortening pregnancy (with a planned cesarean or induced labor) cuts off many important preparations for safe, healthy birth that take place in women and fetuses at the end of pregnancy.