What is a cesarean delivery?

A cesarean delivery is a surgical procedure in which a fetus is delivered through an incision in the mother’s abdomen and uterus.1

We offer more information about cesarean delivery in our Labor and Delivery topic.


  1. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. (2015). Cesarean birth (C-section). FAQ006. Retrieved June 1, 2016, from https://www.acog.org/womens-health/faqs/cesarean-birth external link (PDF 211 KB)
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2015). Births: Final data for 2014. National Vital Statistics Reports, 64(12). Retrieved June 1, 2016, from http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr64/nvsr64_12.pdf (PDF 2.95 MB)
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