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At Our Bodies Our Blog: New Report on C-Section, Hospital Birth Trends

April 21, 2009

From HCUP, a new report documenting trends in hospital birth, with especially dramatic increases in repeat c-section from 1997-present.

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  1. April 21, 2009 11:35 am

    A friend of mine switched doctors for her second pregnancy because she wanted to do a VBAC. Now she’s 38 weeks pregnant and the doctor has a c-section scheduled for the last day of her 40th week because he ‘wouldn’t let her’ do a vaginal birth at all past her due date.

    From the sound of it the doctor just bullied her into it though she doesn’t seem to mind.

  2. April 21, 2009 3:33 pm

    I was lucky enough to have a VBAC with my second child with a group of fantastic midwives. I happen to work as a nurse in L&D and Neonatal nursing. Women who want VBACs are often talked out of it by their physicians because they are scared of litigation. The trend is for woman to sign a consent for a VBAC, which if you have ever read one, reads like a horror novel. You are basically signing consent for death of your infant. You have to be extremely committed to wanting a VBAC if you have any chance of success.

  3. April 21, 2009 5:36 pm

    W, argh – so she’s probably gone almost the whole time under the impression that the doc was supportive of VBAC?

  4. April 22, 2009 9:25 am

    This all just boggles my mind. My father was born by C-section to a 20-year-old woman who was told that to have a second C-section would kill her, and vaginal birth would kill her (I assume that the latter may even have been true, since I think that 85 years ago they actually only did C-sections when a woman’s life was in danger). So rather than face a lifetime without having sex, she proceeded to have a hysterectomy. This was not exactly healthy for her. Now they act like major surgery is what anyone would want to do. Women, English bulldogs, all the same. Ugh.

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