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A obstetric procedure that involves the delivery of the foetus through an abdominal incision. Cesarian sections account for about one fifth of all births in the us. Indications include: failure to progress, foetal distress, cephalopelvic disproportion (baby's too large for birth canal), placenta previa, placental abruption, placental insufficiency, breech child, active genital herpes, multiple gestation, preeclampsia and overweening scarring from previous surgeries. The average hospital remain is about 4 days. The maternal death course with cesarian section is three times higher than with natural delivery.
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