Health Watch - Family Matters: Birth Options

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about some of the issues related to starting a family. Once you become pregnant, there are still decisions to be made, and women may not have all the information they need to make a choice.

After a woman has had a child delivered by cesarian section, doctors usually automatically plan for any subsequent births to be delivered by C-section. But that may not be necessary. Dr. F. Gary Cunningham, an obstetrician/gynecologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says the latest recommendations are more permissive, and vaginal birth is an option for women who have had C-sections and meet certain criteria. Many women don’t get the information they need to make the decision. About a third of hospitals and half of doctors don’t offer vaginal birth after caesarian as an option, often from fear of litigation.


May 2011

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