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Baby Bump: Vaginal Birth After Cesarean Sections

C-sections have been on the rise with many moms-to-be opting to schedule their deliveries, but if these women are planning on broadening their brood — they might want to think again.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2005, 30.2 percent of all live births in the United States were cesarean deliveries.

A new study conducted at Case Western Reserve University suggests that women who have one vaginal birth after a c-section, also know as a VBAC, may be more successful in having subsequent deliveries without going under the knife. To see what the study found,


A Reuters article about the study said:

In contrast, the investigators note, repeated cesarean deliveries are associated with higher risks of complications like placenta accreta (when the placenta implants too far into the uterus) and trauma to internal organs in the mother, as well as more frequent hysterectomies and blood transfusions.


CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
You couldn't get me to have a C section unless it was absolutely necessary.
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
IT all sounds so scary :(
Tarradiddle Tarradiddle 9 years
Here are a few links to what I've found on the web for vbac and recovery from a cesarean.... My 1st baby was an emergency c-section... I truly hope I can have a successful vbac for my second!!!!!!! Good luck to everybody who tries too! Cesarean Voices A web site by, for, and about cesarean born people: International Cesarean Awareness Network & VBAC Information: Another story: Emotional recovery from c-section:
bamf-mylf bamf-mylf 9 years
While I'm all for natural birth, and wanted a VBAC with my son, who was born a year ago, I fell victim to "ordering" a csection, since my husband was leaving for a month on my due date, and we were almost there, with no signs of baby coming!!! I wanted him to be there, since we had no idea when the army would take him for 15 months.... his first sons birth is an important moment... I think i've pretty much written myself off for a VBA2C.... not many doc's who would even touch that.......
JennyJen2 JennyJen2 9 years
I had an emergency c-section and it was not fun. I remember being in the operating room crying because my epidural was not working and then they couldn't get the spinal in - they had to put me under and the whole time I am crying that I just wanted to hold my husband's hand. I would never order a c-section up like a steak.
rgrl rgrl 9 years
I don't get how a person chooses to schedule their delivery by C-section if they don't need one? As far as I know most OB gyn's don't even consider it unless necessary. Or unless you're a celebrity.
indielove indielove 9 years
blood transfusions...c-sections. i know ALL about that. scary, really not fun.
lickety-split lickety-split 9 years
the women i know who have wanted to do this went ot doctors who specialized in this. if you are in a mom's group that might be a good place to look, or an online pregnancy group in your area. i think it depends on the individual.
meumitsuki meumitsuki 9 years
I want to try this, but I have had 2 c-sections (2 breech babies). Does anyone know if this is even possible?
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