When is cesarean delivery (C-section) contraindicated?

Updated: Dec 14, 2018
  • Author: Hedwige Saint Louis, MD, MPH, FACOG; Chief Editor: Christine Isaacs, MD  more...
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There are few contraindications to performing a cesarean delivery. In some circumstances, a cesarean delivery should be avoided, such as the following:

  • When maternal status may be compromised (eg, mother has severe pulmonary disease)

  • If the fetus has a known karyotypic abnormality or known congenital anomaly that may lead to death (anencephaly)

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