Taking the Fear out of a C-Section

C-Sections from Now On?

Fear #7: Once I have a cesarean, any other babies I have must be born that way.

For many years doctors adhered to the "once a c-section, always a c-section" rule, but this is no longer the case today. Having a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) is an increasingly safe option and approximately 70 percent of the women who attempt one succeed.

But it's important to remember that a VBAC is not for everyone. There are serious risks involved and many factors have to be considered by your doctor, such as why the first c-section was necessary, the size and health of your baby, and what type of incision was made on your uterus (this affects your risk of uterine rupture). "It's important to look at each case individually and do what's best for both mother and baby," says Dr. Kent.

Stacey Stapleton is a writer in New York City and mother of one.

Originally published in American Baby magazine, November 2004.

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