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What are the risks associated with vaginal births after c-sections?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: Uterine rupture

Uterine rupture is when the scar of a previous c-section opens.
It can cause the death of mother and baby if not recognized and acted upon quickly. It occurs in about 1-5/1000 women who have had one previous c-section. The risk is increased if you have had more than one c-section or if your labor is being induced.

In brief: Uterine rupture

Uterine rupture is when the scar of a previous c-section opens.
It can cause the death of mother and baby if not recognized and acted upon quickly. It occurs in about 1-5/1000 women who have had one previous c-section. The risk is increased if you have had more than one c-section or if your labor is being induced.
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Dr. Eugene Louie-Ng
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: For mother and baby

Some of the associated risks include rupture of the previous c-section scar, distress for the baby, bleeding/hemorrhage from the ruptured uterus, possible fetal death, and failed vbac leading to a repeat c-section (which has higher risks than just an elective repeat c-section).
Success can be anywhere from 60-80% with vbac, but not everybody is a good candidate to try.

In brief: For mother and baby

Some of the associated risks include rupture of the previous c-section scar, distress for the baby, bleeding/hemorrhage from the ruptured uterus, possible fetal death, and failed vbac leading to a repeat c-section (which has higher risks than just an elective repeat c-section).
Success can be anywhere from 60-80% with vbac, but not everybody is a good candidate to try.
Dr. Eugene Louie-Ng
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