Oklahoma mom opts for traditional birth after C-sections

SUSAN SIMPSON Modified: September 7, 2009 at 8:30 am •  Published: September 7, 2009
e procedure is allowed by his current insurer.

Some doctors fear that the cesarean scar may rupture from contractions during a vaginal delivery or that the uterus may rupture, but that’s rare, Ryan said.

"VBAC is not for everybody, but the success rates are reasonable and the risks are fairly low,” he said.

Dr. Eric Knudtson, a maternal fetal specialist at OU Medical Center, said C-sections also pose significant risks such as infection and blood loss.

"Most women want the experience of vaginal delivery,” he said. "But there’s less access and less willingness on the part of the physicians.”

Of women who try VBAC, 60 to 80 percent succeed and are able to give birth vaginally, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

English said women need to be educated about their options and question policies they believe are unfair.

"A woman has a right to bear her children in the way she deems fit,” she said.

"A woman has a right to bear her children in the way she deems fit."

Michelle English

Free panel diccussion
The Oklahoma Birth Network and the local chapter of the International Cesarean Awareness Network will host a free panel discussion about vaginal birth after Cesarean section at 5 p.m. Saturday at Java Dave’s, 10 NE 10. The groups say they are concerned about the rising number of C-sections, which cost more and contribute to the higher cost of health care. For more information, go to www.oklahomabirthnetwork.com or www.ican-online.org.

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