Once a Cesarean, Always a Cesarean?
Cesarean section is the delivery of a fetus through the abdominal wall and uterus. In the 1970s, when the cesarean section rate tripled, the medical mantra was "once a cesarean, always a cesarean." These days, most women who have had at least one child delivered by C-section will have to decide whether to try to deliver a child that follows vaginally. This is a decision colored by a complex set of factors, including:
- A woman's own experience
- The reason for the original C-section
- Her subsequent recovery
- Her overall health
- Her personal preference
- Her doctor's experience
What makes the decision more complex is the fact that obstetrics professionals are struggling with the issue themselves.
Last reviewedApril 2014by Michael Woods, MD
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