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Can I Schedule a C-section so my Baby is Born on a Certain Date?

By Jennifer Lincoln, MD, IBCLC, Board Certified OB/GYN

While it might be fun to have your baby arrive on your best friend’s birthday or on a day with special meaning to you (or to avoid a certain date), this is not a practice that is recommended. The main reason is that labor should be allowed to start on its own. Inducing labor puts you at an increased risk of needing a C-section, which is why it should only be done for medical indications. And both scheduled inductions and C-sections should only be done after your baby is 39 weeks along, since we know going full term has so many benefits for baby. Trying to schedule a delivery before that so your baby has a certain birthday should, therefore, be avoided. For these reasons, most doctors and hospitals have a policy that won’t allow this practice.

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