Thursday, March 18, 2010

Women need chance to avoid 2nd C-section

Associated Press
updated 2:30 p.m. MT, Wed., March. 10, 2010

Panel: Many hospital policies deny patients choice

WASHINGTON - Too many pregnant women who want to avoid a repeat cesarean delivery are being denied the chance, concludes a government panel that urged doctors to rethink litigation-spurred policies that have swung the pendulum back toward the days of "once a C-section, always a C-section."

Fifteen years ago, nearly 3 in 10 women who had a first C-section were able to deliver their next baby vaginally, a trend called VBAC for "vaginal birth after cesarean."

1 comment:

  1. I didn't realize at the time (in 2006) how lucky I was to have a doctors office that encouraged VBACs. There was no way I wanted to recover from a c-section w/my 2nd and have to run around chasing my toddler at the same time! I had a healthy pregnancy and successfully had a VBAC, without any pain medication.