Vaginal birth after cesarean: The risk of uterine rupture

For women who have more than one child, their birth experiences with each child are bound to be different. No two births are exactly alike; this is especially relevant regarding mothers who have experienced both cesarean sections and vaginal births. There are many concerns about vaginal birth after cesarean, also known as VBAC. In some instances injury to the mother and birth injuries to the baby can occur. However, with the proper guidance and care, expecting mothers can make an informed decision about which type of birth to choose and why.

One of the biggest risks involved in VBAC is the potential for uterine rupture. After a previous C-section, mothers will have a rather significant scar. During a vaginal birth after a prior C-section, there is some risk that the uterus could tear along the line of the scar. This can also be the case not only after C-sections, but also after other major uterine surgeries. In any event, if uterine rupture does occur during the delivery process, an emergency C-section is often called-for in order to prevent further complications.

Fortunately, uterine rupture is relatively rare and occurs in less than one out of 100 pregnant women. Still, it is a valid concern for women considering VBAC. If it does occur, a life-threatening infection can threaten the mother, and the baby may experience devastating brain damage. No family wants to deal with a birth injury case, but, in some instances, they may find themselves in just such a situation. Especially if a hospital or doctor is ill-equipped to handle such complications during VBAC, both mother and baby's well-being can be put in jeopardy.

When things go wrong during delivery, it can be immensely beneficial to have a skilled advocate ready to fight for a family's rights. A Houston birth injury attorney can assess an incident that happened in the delivery room and inform a family if they have a medical malpractice or wrongful death case. If so, a family may be entitled to compensation, including compensation for the huge medical expenses associated with the incident.

Source: Mayo Clinic, "Vaginal birth after C-section (VBAC)," accessed Sept. 7, 2015

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