Vaginal Birth After Cesarean Section (VBAC)

Cesarean section (c-section) deliveries are more common than ever.  According to the Centers for Disease Control, the national cesarean section birth rate is approximately 29%. After delivering by cesarean section, many women become pregnant again and have concerns about a vaginal birth after cesarean section (VBAC). 

If you desire a vaginal birth after a c-section, you should know that as many as 90% of women who have had a cesarean section delivery are candidates for a vaginal birth.  However, there are risks associated with a VBAC.  The most significant risk is uterine rupture, which is when the uterus tears and, if complete, can open the uterus directly into the abdominal cavity.  Fetal death is common.  Signs and symptoms of a uterine rupture include abdominal pain, vaginal bleeding, a tearing sensation and chest pain.  Depending on the nature of the rupture, a hysterectomy may be necessary.

According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), if your prior c-section was by way of a low transverse incision, the risk of uterine rupture during a VBAC is around 1%.  Studies show that the risk of uterine rupture during VBAC increases with labor induction (e.g., Cervadil) and/or augmentation (e.g., Pitocin).

The trial lawyers at Bottar Leone, PLLC, have decades of experience investigating, prosecuting and trying to verdict medical malpractice and birth injury cases.  If you or your baby have been injured due to medical malpractice, you, your child and your family may be entitled to compensation for lifelong health care, medical expenses, special education, medical bills, loss of income, and pain and suffering. 

To discuss your case or concerns with an experienced Central New York medical malpractice and birth injury attorney, contact us now at (315) 422-3466, (800) 336-LAWS, or by e-mail at info@bottarleone.com.