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Birth after Caesarean section 

Birth after Caesarean section
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Birth after Caesarean section
Author(s):

Sambit Mukhopadhyay

, Edward Morris

, and Sabaratnam Arulkumaran

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199651399.003.0025
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date: 28 November 2020

There is widespread public and professional concern about the increasing proportion of births by Caesarean section. Increasing rates of primary Caesarean section have led to greater percentages of the obstetric population having a history of prior Caesarean section. Commonly, these women are offered vaginal birth after Caesarean section or elective repeat Caesarean section on the basis of ‘maternal request’ only. The chapter discusses advantages and disadvantages of vaginal birth after Caesarean section, support and advice to women in decision making, managing vaginal birth after Caesarean section, and risks of scar rupture.

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