Originally Posted by rnra
Can you provide a source for that specific bit of information? I'm intrigued.
I already provided several sources, listed above. The OP stated she was worried about what could go wrong if she tried for a VBAC, it was important to point out that *unnecessary surgical* birth poses far more risks and risk of fatality to mom and baby than a healthy mom who has a VBAC. Having a third surgical birth *just* because you had two others (or insert numbers here), constitutes *unnecessary surgical* birth.
But, here's the cliff notes version of facts: http://www.ican-online.org/pregnancy/cesarean-fact-card
Here is a more detailed version, with links to studies at the bottom: http://www.ican-online.org/pregnancy/cesarean-fact-sheet
According to a study published in the June issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology, babies born via vaginal birth after a prior cesarean section (VBAC) have lower rates of respiratory morbidity and intensive care admissions compared with babies born by repeat cesarean section.
The retrospective cohort study was comprised of 672 women with one prior c-section in a singleton pregnancy at 37 weeks or more gestation, and compared both neonatal outcomes and monetary costs of the procedures.
Researchers found that babies born via repeat c-section had higher rates of intensive care admission and higher rates of oxygen supplementation for delivery room resuscitation than those babies born by VBAC. Read the rest of the synopisis at Midwifery Today.
Jerusalem doctor describes c-section risks
Dr. Glazerman, a doctor located in Jerusalem, describes the risks involved in elective c-sections and repeat elective c-sections:
Damaging other organs during the operations, greater risk of hemorrhaging and infection, maternal death rate is 2.5 to 3.5 time higher than natural birth, dangers associated with anesthesia, chance that internal organs eventually adhere to one another due to membrane damage, 20% increase in extra-uterine pregnancies after a c-section, increase chance of miscarriage after a c-section, increase problems with placenta in future pregnancies after a c-section, risk of uterine rupture in future pregnancies, babies born by c-section are more likely to have respiratory problems, and problems bonding with baby after a c-section. Link to original article
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