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Report review: Why the birth after caesarean randomised control trial is good news for VBAC By Jillian Harris Spiky Hedgehog Photography In March 2012 the results of the controversial Birth After Caesarean Randomised Control Trial were finally published. The are are no big surprises in this report, but there are many questions that remain to be answered. What the researchers say the report says The researchers claim that, on balance, Elective Repeat Caesarean (ERC) has a lower risk of
What are the implications of an increasing caesarean section rate for maternal and perinatal health?
What are the implications of an increasing caesarean section rate for maternal and perinatal health? By Hannah Dahlen In June 2007, NSW Health organised a statewide forum, Caesarean Section – Future Direction. The purpose of the multidisciplinary forum was to examine the rise in caesarean births within the public health system and to determine the future policy for caesarean birth in NSW. I, amongst others, was asked to speak at the forum on the implications of an increasing caesarean
Caesareans linked to increased infertility A study published in the British Journal of Obstetrics (2002) found that three times more first time mothers who had a caesarean section suffered long-term infertility problems than women who had experienced a vaginal birth. The study also found that six times more first time mothers who underwent a caesarean section experienced trauma that was serious enough to prevent them having another baby compared to women who had a normal vaginal birth. In this
How I Prepared for Birth After My Unplanned Caesarean By Erika Munton My work as a doula started only after I had experienced the birth of my second child Bailey, which was a natural vaginal birth into water. The birth of my first child Karl was by caesarean section after a cascade of interventions in my attempt to have a normal vaginal breech birth. Becoming a busy mother did not afford me much time to stop and think back
Vaginal Birth After Caesarean By Hannah Dahlen “When Belle was born I went through such a mixture of emotions,” says Angela. “On the one hand I had this beautiful baby, and should have been so grateful, but on the other hand I had all this grief about what I had missed out on and what could have been. When people asked me about the birth I would say ‘I had to have a caesarean’ and they would often say
Many would acknowledge a general perception that attempting a vaginal birth after a caesarean (VBAC) carries unique risks. The prevalence of these risks is also perceived to increase with the number of prior caesareans a woman has experienced. It is no surprise then that a woman having experienced multiple caesareans is likely to face significant opposition to an attempted VBAC unless she chooses her midwife or doctor carefully. The most commonly acknowledged danger in attempting VBAC is that of