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Caesarean section Owner Factsheet

Contributor(s): Claire Speight, Jennifer Hamlin

A caesarean section, also known as C-section, or caesarean delivery, is a surgical procedure to deliver babies. With a caesarean, the abdomen is incised, and the babies are delivered, then the mother is stitched back up.

A caesarean section is necessary when a vaginal delivery is not possible, and this can be for a variety of reasons. Unlike humans, elective caesareans are not common in animals so are almost always an emergency procedure.

What is a normal pregnancy and birth process?

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What is a caesarean?

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How common are caesareans?

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What are the risks of a caesarean?

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What care does my rabbit need afterwards?

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