Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Natural Birth After C-section

I have friends who loved having c-sections and would not do it any other way. I, however, would never want another c-section. I am still upset I had to do it. My natural births were easy. I remember my doctor saying if I ever had another child I would need a c-section again because of how he had to cut my uterus to get the baby out. I wonder if these new recommendations would change that. I am up to my ears in taking care of kids right now, so I don't think this will impact me, but I do think it's a really big deal for other women. If my first or second births had been a c-section, I would have looked into having a VBAC. HOW ABOUT YOU?(I would certainly want more information about the possible side effects like uterine rupture and death.)

FROM NBC: Attempting a natural birth after a prior c-section is safe for most women --according to new guidelines released by the American College of OB-GYNs. The c-section delivery rate has skyrocketed over the past 40 years -- to almost one in three births (31%).

But fewer women (8.5%) are opting for subsequent vaginal births even though they are considered safe after a c-section.
The new guidelines state that women with two previous c-sections, women carrying twins and those with an unknown type of uterine scar can now attempt a natural birth. Doctors hope to decrease the number of c-sections performed each year.

60 to 80-percent of women who attempt natural births after c-sections are successful.
There are risks linked with repeat c-sections and attempted vaginal births after c-sections (hemorrhage, infection, operative injury, blood clots, hysterectomy and death)

You can find more on the recommendations at CHILDBIRTH.ORG

-NewsAnchorMom Jen

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