Quick Facts on Vaginal Birth After Cesarean from vbacfacts.com

If you have had a cesarean, your next baby can be born vaginally safely.

This is called a VBAC or vaginal birth after cesarean.

The risk of uterine rupture (UR) after one “bikini cut” cesarean is 0.2% - 0.4% and the risk of infant death or injury is 0.05%. (Landon 2004, Gonen 2006, Cahill 2006)

Risk of miscarriage from an amniocentesis is 5 - 20 times greater than the risk of infant death or injury from a VBAC. (March of Dimes, Landon 2004)

A repeat cesarean section (RCS) lowers your risk of UR in your current pregnancy, but it does not eliminate it.

Additionally, the risk of complications increase with each RCS including your risk of UR in future pregnancies, whereas the risk of UR decreases by 50% after your first VBAC. (Mercer 2008)

In all 50 states, hospital and doctor attended VBACs are legal and in some states it is legal for a midwife to attend an OOH (out of hospital) VBAC, yet 90% of women have a repeat cesarean section due to misinformation, hospital VBAC bans, and unsupportive medical professionals.

Repeat cesarean section risks to the mother include: infection, prolonged pain, hysterectomy, hospital readmission, adhesions (internal scar tissue), infertility, hemorrhage, pulmonary embolism, heart attack, stroke, and death.

The cesarean section rate in the US is 31%.

The World Health Organization says that 1/2 to 2/3 of these surgeries are unnecessary and contribute to our high infant and maternal mortality rates.

Suggested books:

- Dr. Marsden Wagner’s Born in the USA,
- Ina May Gaskin’s Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth,
- Henci Goer’s The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth, and
- Dr. Sarah Buckley's Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering.

Suggested articles from vbacfacts.com:

- I’m pregnant and want a VBAC, what do I do?,
- The three types of care providers amongst OBs and midwives,
- Homebirth vs. hospital birth for the number cruncher,
- Hospital VBAC turned CS due to constant scare tactics,
- VBACing against the odds, and
- Comparing fetal death and injury: VBAC vs. amniocentesis/CVS.

Look for VBAC Classes presented by VBAC Facts in your area.

Find further information and support at childbirthconnection.com, ican-online.com, midwiferytoday.com and vbacfacts.com.

Jen from vbacfacts.com

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