The cost of getting your medical records
When considering your post-cesarean birth options, it’s good to know what type of uterine incision you have. The only way to verify this is by getting a copy of your operative report from the hospital where you had your cesarean. I recommend bringing copies of your operative report when interviewing care providers as most will want to confirm your uterine incision type.
Sometimes women have a different incision on their skin than their uterus, so just because you have a low transverse (“bikini cut”) incision on your skin, doesn’t necessarily mean you have the same incision on your uterus. Low transverse incisions are the most commonly used method in America and come with the lowest uterine rupture rare.
You may also want to get a copy of your medical records from your care provider to complete the picture of your prior pregnancy/pregnancies.
Read more here: Medical Records Copying Charges by State
Last updated October 9, 2012
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As an internationally recognized consumer advocate and Founder of VBAC Facts®, Jen helps perinatal professionals, and cesarean parents, achieve clarity on vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) through her educational courses for parents, online membership for professionals, continuing education trainings, and consulting services. She speaks at conferences across the US, presents Grand Rounds at hospitals, advises on midwifery laws and rules that limit VBAC access, educates legislators and policy makers, and serves as an expert witness and consultant in legal proceedings. She envisions a time when every pregnant person seeking VBAC has access to unbiased information, respectful providers, and community support, so they can plan the birth of their choosing in the setting they desire.