Vaginal birth after caesarean (VBAC) refers to the practice of birthing a baby vaginally after a previous baby has been delivered via caesarean section ( C-section surgically). According the American Pregnancy Association, 60-80% of women who have undergone caesarean deliveries are candidates for VBAC. Approximately 60-80% of women opting for VBAC will successfully give birth vaginally, which is comparable to the overall vaginal delivery rate in the U.S. in 2010.
Vaginal Birth After Cesarean | VBAC Injuries
According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the chance of experiencing a uterine rupture is .2 to 1.5%. Research studies show increased amounts of uterine ruptures for women who are induced during labor. Some women experience a rupture during a difficult forceps delivery.
Who Should Not Consider a VBAC?
- A woman carrying multiple babies
- A mother who has 2 or more C-Sections
- An expectant mother age 40 or over
- A pregnant woman who is past her due date or who is expecting a large baby
- A woman whose labor has been induced
- Someone diagnosed with placenta Previa
- A woman whose baby is presenting abnormally in the birth canal
- Women with uterine abnormalities
Signs & Symptoms Of Uterine Rupture
A uterine rupture is defined as a: tearing open of the uterus into the abdominal cavity. Ruptures can cause maternal hemorrhaging and may lead to catastrophic or fatal injuries to both mother and baby. The first sign of a rupture is a deceleration of the baby's heartbeat, which is an indication of fetal distress. Usually, but not always, abdominal pain, vaginal bleeding, shock and rapid pulse accompany uterine rupture.
Medical Malpractice & Hospitals
A hospital should have the proper equipment and staffing to be able to handle VBAC emergencies. Doctors need to pay close attention to fetal monitoring strips and be ready to order a C-section for any sign of fetal distress. It is critical for a baby in distress to be delivered within 5 to 10 minutes to prevent birth asphyxia – Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy or HIE.
When a mother undergoes a VBAC, and the baby suffers injuries due to the negligence of the hospital and their failure to properly perform the delivery, they do have a legal right to file a medical malpractice claim. The damages sought in these cases are significant because they seek compensation to pay any lifelong costs and medical expenses associated with the raising of your child and their injuries as well as the impact the harm will have on both you and your child.
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