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  Caesarian section



Caesarian section

   Also referred to as a C-section. A procedure in which a baby, rather than being born vaginally, is surgically extracted (removed) from the uterus.

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C-section
Short for Caesarian section, a procedure in which a baby, rather than being born vaginally, is surgically extracted (removed) from the uterus.

Uterus
The uterus is a hollow, pear-shaped organ located in a woman's lower abdomen, between the bladder and the rectum, that sheds its lining each month during menstruation and in which a fertilized egg (ovum) becomes implanted and the fetus develops.



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Caesarian section, lower segment
A Caesarian section in which the surgical incision is made in the lower segment of the uterus. Abbreviated LSCS.

Caesarian section, vaginal birth after
It was once the rule that after a C-section, the next delivery also had to be by C-section. Now vaginal delivery after Caesarian section (VBAC) is frequently feasible.



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Caesarian section

Caesarian section, lower segment
A Caesarian section in which the surgical incision is made in the lower segment of the uterus. Abbreviated LSCS.

Caesarian section, vaginal birth after
It was once the rule that after a C-section, the next delivery also had to be by C-section. Now vaginal delivery after Caesarian section (VBAC) is frequently feasible.

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