Cesarean Section & VBAC

 

The World Health Organization recommends a primary cesarean section rate of no more than 5-10% in any country, including those in which childbearing women are typically less well-nourished and of higher risk than the US population. But in the year 2007, 31.1% of women giving birth in a hospital in the United States ended up experiencing surgical delivery, an increase of 46% since 1996.

Although physicians and the public may casually talk about cesarean section as if it is a perfectly safe and normal way of giving birth, and a very few women even choose elective surgical delivery, it is in fact a major abdominal surgery, with serious risks to both mother and child.

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Compared to women who give birth normally, those who undergo surgical delivery have double the rate of hysterectomy, blood transfusion, admission to intensive care units, prolonged hospital stay, serious infection, and death.

They are at high risk for severe and prolonged pain, postpartum depression, breastfeeding difficulties, and future infertility.

Their babies have a much higher risk of respiratory distress or infection requiring stays in a neonatal intensive care unit for a week or more. They are 41-82 % more likely to die than babies born naturally.

Cesarean section greatly increases the risk for complications in future pregnancies, including stillbirth and problems with placental placement that can lead to fetal and maternal death.

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