I just picked up a copy of the new book "Pushed" by Jennifer Block; its awesome! Anyway, I'm up to the section about VBACs and the more I understand about uterine rupture, the more puzzled I am: I simply cannot make sense of why the obstetrics community (and women in general) take a c-section (and all of its' potential risks) so lightly...but quiver in fear at the extremely rare chance of uterine rupture???? When you get right down to it, isn't a c-section essentially a planned uterine rupture? Even my new midwife, while acknowledging how rare rupture is, says that its "something they worry about" with this ominous look on her face. Isn't normally the patient who has the irrational fear and the provider who reassures the patient with the facts? Something is just inherently backward about this whole thing: is there any other area of the medical community (plastic surgeons aside) where people are encouraged to undergo unnecessary surgery for something that will remedy itself with time?
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7/31/07 at 2:03pm