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Cesarean Birth


Sometimes, unforeseen circumstances during a woman’s labor result in the need for a cesarean birth (C-section). A C-section is when the obstetrician makes an incision in the mother’s abdomen and uterus to deliver the baby. There are a number of reasons why a woman may need a C-section, ranging from emergent issues such as fetal distress or a uterine rupture, or less urgent issues such as laboring while failing to dilate or the baby is in a breech position.

Regardless of the situation, any mother who needs a C-section while giving birth at WakeMed North Family Health & Women's Hospital is in excellent hands. Twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, our board-certified, highly skilled and experienced OB/GYNs are on-site to perform and/or assist with cesarean deliveries. This is especially important for women whose regular OB/GYNs cannot get to the hospital in time. Additionally, we provide 24/7 coverage by highly skilled neonatal specialists who are present during all cesarean and complicated vaginal births. Learn more about the neonatology services at North Hospital.

At North Hospital, we have a dedicated surgical room for C-sections and our operating room (OR) can also be used for the procedure if necessary. Both are outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment and accessories, necessary to ensure the safety and comfort of both mother and baby.

Scheduled C-Sections
If your OB/GYN practice has privileges at WakeMed North and you are planning to deliver by C-section, the procedure can be scheduled at our facility. Please inquire with your OB/GYN for details.





RSV Season is Here

Visitation Restrictions

NICU & Special Care Nurseries

Due to several cases of RSV in the community, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Special Care Nurseries at Raleigh Campus, Cary Hospital and North Hospital are restricting visitation for children under age 12 effective Tuesday, October 1. These restrictions are put in place annually to protect our patients.