Many Women Can Avoid Repeat C-Sections

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Most women who have had a Cesarean delivery can safely have a vaginal delivery ... an expert panel concluded ...

Surging C-section rates ... have worried experts ... just because a woman has had a C-section in the past, there's no reason she must have one in subsequent deliveries.

However, current medical practice and fear of lawsuits are major obstacles to encouraging women to have a vaginal delivery after a C-section ...

... Another problem has been ... the fact that they have not had access to care where a trial of labor can be offered ...

... "vaginal delivery after Cesarean is certainly a safe alternative for the majority of women who have one prior Cesarean," ...

... bad outcomes remain rare -- ... there are about 10 deleterious outcomes for every 100,000 births, vaginal or otherwise.

... there are no reliable means to spot which women are at risk for complications if they opt for vaginal delivery ... [but] ... "Pregnancy is ... a risky endeavor ... women do suffer complications of pregnancy and their babies do have problems. Fortunately these are rare, but they are irrespective of mode of delivery ...

Melissa Maimann, Essential Birth Consulting 0400 418 448