Sunday, May 24, 2009

My last post was about the risks that repeat cesareans pose to the baby, specifically higher rates of NICU admissions and respiratory distress. I wanted to share one woman's personal experience facing those risks, in which she almost lost her baby due to a (not-entirely-elective) repeat cesarean.

Sarah H is a nurse who blogs at The Wonder of Birth. Her first cesarean was for twin boys, who were both lying transverse. She wanted a VBAC for her second but reluctantly "chose" a repeat cesarean for her daughter Audrey in part because she had so little support for her VBAC plans.

You can read about her first cesarean and the factors leading up to her "elective" repeat cesarean. Then read the birth story of Audrey.

Thanks to Birth Faith for the link.


  1. Yes, wasn't that an amazing story? I read both parts after I saw it yesterday on Birth Faith. I've never before seen a birth in which mortality or near-mortality was so closely linked to a cesarean. Truly an eye-opener.

  2. Wow. Thank you for sharing this, Rixa. I think it sheds light on how many women truly don't know the realities of an "elective" repeat cesarean.


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