In mainstream culture (and in many mom's mental image of delivery), vaginal deliveries are portrayed as the norm. In reality, however, things often work out a bit differently than you may expect or even want. C-sections are a very common method of delivery, but many moms don't anticipate needing one until their doctor brings it up in an emergency situation. But the truth is there are many reasons you may need a C-section that don't all involve an emergency situation.
In fact, according to Stat News, about one in three births in the U.S. happen via C-section. Although that number is much higher than it might need to be, the majority of these C-sections are elective or due to non-emergency reasons that may make this procedure the easier delivery option.
Whatever reason you have for choosing a C-section (or maybe you didn't choose one, but your OB-GYN thinks it will be best), know that it doesn't necessarily mean something is wrong with your pregnancy. However your baby is delivered, the safety and health of the two of you is the top priority. The reasons for a C-section are many, but the outcome — a happy, healthy baby — is always worth the surgery.