VBAC risks?

Do you have a burning question you just have to ask our Medical Board Experts about hypertensive pregnancies? Please email your question to expert@preeclampsia.org Keep in mind, however, that we won't be able to answer every question and our docs can't offer medical advice and won't be able to comment on specific medical cases.

VBAC risks?

Postby mylilangel » Wed Mar 26, 2003 07:04 pm

Can someone please tell me what are the risks associated with a VBAC (Vaginal Birth After C-section)?
Depending on who i speak with here, depends on the answer i get. Some doctors are saying no probs, others are saying i would be better to just have another c-section.

Cheryl - 29
DH - 28
DD 08.18.01 33 wks pre-e and hellp syndrome
EDD #2 06.04.03
mylilangel
Registered User
 
Posts: 4
Joined: Mon Mar 10, 2003 08:59 pm

Re : VBAC risks?

Postby annegarrett » Wed Mar 26, 2003 09:26 pm

Well--our co-founder, Dr. Easterling, is a bit famous for his VBAC position--he published a paper advising against it. I will ask him to weigh in on his opinion--but can tell you--he would say don't risk it.

[:I]

Anne
User avatar
annegarrett
Registered User
 
Posts: 2525
Joined: Tue Jan 21, 2003 01:58 pm
Location: Lake Stevens, Washington

Re : VBAC risks?

Postby expert on call » Sun Apr 13, 2003 10:24 pm

VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) is largely a very safe way to deliver. Depending on the type of cesarean section you had previously, you may be a candidate for VBAC. There is a small chance during VBAC that the old scar on your uterus will tear apart with contractions, which can result in fetal death, intra-abdominal bleeding, hysterectomy, or even maternal death. Although the consequences can be catastrophic, the chance of that happening is very small (usually quoted as less than 1%). If labor is induced, this chance increases depending on the method of induction used. The important thing about VBAC is that you should be fully aware of the risks before attempting it.

Expert on Call

Information provided on this site is provided for informational purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the advice provided by your own physician or other medical professional. You should not use the information contained herein for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disorder, or prescribing any medication. The Preeclampsia Foundation presents all data as is, without any warranty of any kind, express or implied, and is not liable for its accuracy, for mistakes or omissions of any kind, nor for any loss or damage caused by a user's reliance on information obtained on the site. Professional opinions on this condition vary greatly. The Preeclampsia Foundation endorses no one course of treatment or "cure". Responses generated by our Experts to specific questions are based on information anonymously submitted to this site via email, are not based on a complete review of any patient’s medical records and should not be construed as the only reasonable expert response to the info submitted and/or the scenario described.
expert on call
Registered User
 
Posts: 297
Joined: Sat Feb 15, 2003 09:30 am


Return to Ask the Experts

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: aimeejane and 3 guests