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Natural birth is safe for 90% of women who have had a caesarean section before, new research suggests

Natural birth is safe for 90% of women who have had a caesarean section before, new research suggests

  • Nine out of ten women with a C-section can give birth naturally, research suggests
  • Up to half of women with C-sections do this because they have had one in the past
  • Many women are concerned about tearing their scar and rupturing the uterus
  • Nearly three in ten women who give birth in the UK have a Caesarean section

A natural birth may be possible for nine in ten women who have had a caesarean section before, research suggests.

Many expectant mothers are concerned about childbirth after a caesarean section because of the risk of the scar rupturing, which can cause the uterus to rupture.

But a study of 471 women who opted for a natural birth after a caesarean section found about 91 percent managed to achieve this.

The latest study, which chose 735 women who chose to give birth, found nearly two-thirds opted for a natural birth. [File photo]

The latest study, which chose 735 women who chose to give birth, found nearly two-thirds opted for a natural birth. [File photo]

Only three women experienced a tear in the uterus, which can cause serious bleeding.

Dr. Kaname Uno, lead author of the Toyota Memorial Hospital study in Japan, said, “The results suggest that health professionals should be encouraged to have ongoing discussions with expectant mothers about the risks and benefits of any form of childbirth, allowing for self-informed make choices. ‘

Nearly three in ten women who give birth in the UK have a Caesarean section.

When they become pregnant again, it means talking to the midwife to decide if there is another C-section to come, which can lead to bleeding, infection, and blood clots.

Many expectant mothers are concerned about childbirth after a caesarean section because of the risk of the scar rupturing, which can cause the uterus to rupture [File photo]

Many expectant mothers are concerned about childbirth after a caesarean section because of the risk of the scar rupturing, which can cause the uterus to rupture [File photo]

Many expectant mothers are concerned about childbirth after a caesarean section because of the risk of the scar rupturing, which can cause the uterus to rupture [File photo]

Instead, they may opt for a natural birth, but this can tear and tear the uterus, leading to the death of a baby in a small number of cases.

In the latest study, which looked at 735 women who chose how to give birth, nearly two-thirds decided to have a natural birth.

This amounted to 471 women, all of whom previously had one or two Caesarean sections.

The results showed that 430 managed to achieve a successful vaginal delivery.

The 41 who could not have any problems with the delivery, a problem with the baby or it took too long to give birth.

The study, published in the journal BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, is important because up to half of women with C-sections are believed to do this because they have had one in the past.

The study, published in the journal BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, is important because up to half of women with C-sections are believed to do this because they have had one in the past.  [File photo]

The study, published in the journal BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, is important because up to half of women with C-sections are believed to do this because they have had one in the past.  [File photo]

The study, published in the journal BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, is important because up to half of women with C-sections are believed to do this because they have had one in the past. [File photo]

Dr. Uno said, “A potential risk of vaginal delivery after a previous caesarean section is a uterine rupture, which can occur with healed incisions from previous caesarean sections.

“However, cesarean delivery itself carries the risk of bleeding, infection, and other complications.”

Andrew Shennan, a professor of obstetrics at King’s College London, said of the findings: “In the UK, we expect that about 70 percent of women can safely have a vaginal delivery after Caesarean section.

“But people are often still nervous, which may be because of things that went wrong when they needed a caesarean section before.

“It is important to realize that it is always better to avoid cesarean section whenever possible, because of the risks of surgery such as blood clots, infection, and bleeding.”

A study of more than 74,000 births from the University of Oxford, published last year, found that women who attempted to give birth after a caesarean section were seven times more likely to have a ruptured uterus and had a slightly increased risk of sepsis.

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