This is the flip side of the "Does anyone know someone who ruptured" thread. Does anyone know someone who had something bad happen (to either the mom or baby) during a scheduled c/s (including repeat c/s)? I don't, and I have several friends who have had them. That makes me more scared of VBAC then of repeat c/s, but I know that's probably an irrational fear. I know from reading the studies that more women die from elective repeat c/s than from VBAC, but the #s are so small that I've never actually heard of that happening IRL. I will say that I believe my child was sort of injured, in a way, by my scheduled c/s (for breech presentation) -- she developed very serious (possibly life-threatening) dairy and peanut allergies. There's no history of these allergies in my family, and a couple of studies have shown that babies born by c/s have an increased risk of developing these allergies and are less likely to grow out of them than babies not born by c/s.
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12/5/06 at 1:05pm