Childbirth: Delivery Options
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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about how medicine can intervene when childbirth becomes complicated. Many women may not be getting the information they need to make a fully informed decision about their delivery options.
The number of cesarean sections has increased dramatically over the past few decades, from 5 percent in 1970 to nearly 33 percent of all births today. It’s commonly believed that once a woman has had a C-section, she has to deliver all her subsequent children that way. About half of physicians don’t even offer the option of a vaginal birth after a C-section to their patients because of fear of litigation. Dr. Gary Cunningham, an obstetrician at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says women who meet certain criteria can have a safe and successful vaginal birth after having a previous C-section, and they should have access to information about their options.
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