Interesting argument going on over at Kevin MD about Vaginal Birth After Caesarean (VBAC.)
Seems that we in the U.S. are defaulting to multiple Caesareans, and that doctor recommendations are often liability-oriented, rather than medically-oriented. And in fact some women feel they are being "forced" to have the Caesarean.
My sister just had her 2nd Caesarean. She didn't even think twice about it. Yes, she knew that the Caesarean was major surgery, having had one before, but not having to use general anaesthesia probably makes it a lot less scary than the prospect of something "bursting" or "rupturing" trying to do a VBAC. Which is, I believe, the way they described the risks associated with VBAC. I suppose having gone through hours and hours of labor before her first Caesarean she also wasn't too unhappy to avoid that part either. And shallow as it sounds I know women who appreciate the fact that you "schedule" C-Sections. (I even know someone who scheduled being induced for a vaginal birth.)
[This all plays into the fact that fewer and fewer doctors are choosing to go into the OB part of being an OB/GYN. Malpractice insurance costs are really high.]
Anyone out there have a VBAC? Were you scared of the risks? Why did you choose to go that way? how was it?