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.
- The mother has HIV. In most cases, a woman with HIV can have a natural delivery. The doctor decides whether the woman has a natural delivery or a caesarean section.
- Mother or child have a disease that makes a natural delivery impossible.
More health professionals
More information or help needed?
You can talk to a family doctor about almost every intimate issue. If necessary the family doctor can refer you to a specialised health professional. Find a family doctor in your neighbourhood:
In Belgium, you can make an appointment directly with the gynaecologist without a referral from your family doctor. However, your family doctor can help you find a gynaecologist.
A midwife helps pregnant women before, during and after delivery. Find a midwife in your neighbourhood:
Community health centre (wijkgezondheidscentrum)
You can visit a family doctor in a community health centre. Other care professionals such as nurses and social workers also work at community health centres. Care is provided free of charge. Find a community health centre in your neighbourhood:
Prenatal and postnatal care for women who migrated to Belgium
02 535 47 13
Prenataal steunpunt - Brussel
Free prenatal care
02 229 50 17, 078 150 100
Kind en Gezin
Assistance to (prospective) parents with information, practical tips and medical follow-up until the child is 3 years of age. Services are for free.
078 150 100