A cesarean birth is the delivery of a baby through an incision made through the mother’s lower abdomen and uterus. This method typically is not a choice for mothers, but rather a medical necessity to safely deliver her baby. Called a cesarean section, or C-section, can be a life-saving technique for both moms and babies. Because cesarean section is a type of surgery, it requires many medical interventions and has the similar risks as other surgeries. In addition, it generally requires additional time in the hospital and increases recovery time and risk for infections.