Repeat C-sections: Are You Having One?

repeat c-section cesareanI just read a piece in Time about repeat C-sections, and how it's easier for many pregnant women in America to walk into a hospital and request major abdominal surgery than to give birth the way mother nature intended.

We know the number of C-sections is on the rise -- and that number includes elective C-sections -- but it also includes women who delivered their first baby via Cesarean and can't find a doctor who will let them try for a vaginal birth after a C-section (VBAC) with baby number two. According to the article, more than 9 out of 10 births following a C-section are surgical deliveries.

VBACs are less expensive than Cesareans and allow moms to heal more quickly, but they aren't without risk. The possibility of uterine rupture is rare, but real, and can cause serious damage or even be fatal to mom and baby.

If you've had a C-section before, what's happening with your next delivery?


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