Surgical delivery: caesarean section
Reasons for a caesarean section
Some of the most common reasons for a caesarean section are:
- The mother’s pelvis is too narrow to let the baby through;
- The placenta is in the entrance to the uterus (cervix) or the placenta has become detached;
- Part of the umbilical cord has come out through the cervix;
- The baby’s head is not lying downwards;
- There is more than 1 baby;
- Mother or child have a disease that makes a natural delivery impossible.
Pregnant in the Netherlands; seeing a midwife
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More information or help needed?
You can talk to a general practitioner about every intimate topic. If necessary, a general practitioner can refer you to a specialised health professional. Refugees who have been granted (temporary) asylum choose a general practitioner in their municipality. Asylum seekers in an asylum seekers’ centre can consult a general practitioner at the centre.
As soon as you know you are pregnant, you make an appointment with a midwife in your area. A midwife supports and advises you during your pregnancy, delivery and the period immediately after delivery.
If you are pregnant and have been given a referral, you go to a gynaecologist. The midwife or general practitioner gives you a referral.