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VBAC vs. Repeat Cesarean by the American Academy of Family Physicians

This is a great piece for deciding between VBAC and repeat cesarean.  Those who wish to VBAC, but have husbands, family, and/or friends who don’t understand why, might find this document very useful.  I have found that people who are anti-VBAC really seem impressed by what doctors and medical organizations have to say, so I’m thinking they will find this document compelling.  Plus, VBAC has this reputation of being “risky” and repeat cesareans are thought of as the “conservative approach,” and this document challenges both lines of thinking.  Why not write a sweet little note like, “I know you are […]

Cesarean Risks: Adhesions

This is a comprehensive article on adhesions which is a fancy word for scar tissue.  I think the most relevant points of this whole discussion are:

Adhesions “develop in 93% of people who have undergone pelvic surgery” and “they are especially common after cesarean sections.” You get more adhesions with each cesarean. Adhesions can cause: Pelvic or Abdominal Pain Bowel Obstruction Infertility Adhesions impact future cesareans by making the surgery longer which can put your baby at risk in an emergency situation (emphasis mine): “If you have had a cesarean section and are pregnant or planning to have another child, […]

Cesarean Risks: Overview

We all know the primary risk of VBAC – uterine rupture.  And when your typical VBACing mom meets with an OB, she must sign a “VBAC consent form” acknowledging that she understands this risk.  However, I find it ironic that women signing up for a repeat cesarean are not required by their OB to sign a “Repeat Cesarean Section consent form” as a matter of course during prenatal exams since there are risks associated with cesarean section.   But since this does not happen, and most OBs breeze over the risks if they even bother to mention them, expectant moms are […]