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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

Temporary Visitation Restrictions

Effective January 6

Due to increased prevalence of RSV and flu in our community, we have implemented temporary visitation restrictions in our hospitals.

  • No visitors under the age of 12 are allowed in patient care areas.
  • Please do not visit patients if you are experiencing fever, vomiting, diarrhea or cold or flu-like symptoms.

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