Panel: Women Need Chance to Avoid Repeat C-Section

By: Lauran Neergaard AP Email
By: Lauran Neergaard AP Email

WASHINGTON (AP) - A government panel says too many women who
want to avoid a second Cesarean-section for child birth are being denied the chance.

About 15 years ago, nearly 30 percent of women who'd had one C-section were delivering their next baby vaginally, a trend called VBAC (VEE-back) for "vaginal birth after cesarean."

But specialists convened by the National Institutes of Health report Wednesday that the VBAC rate has dropped to 10 percent, in part because of litigation-spurred hospital and doctor policies that in some places prohibit women from trying.

The panel says VBAC is a safe alternative for many women, and urges doctors to give low-risk patients unbiased information to weigh the pros and cons for themselves.

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