VBAC Births and Uterine Ruptures

from the perspective of

Ken Turkowski




The Birth and Life of
Catherine Grace
Our family's lives have been profoundly affected by the birth and short life of our daughter, Catherine Grace, whose brain was irreversibly damaged by oxygen deprivation as a result of uterine rupture during a trial of labor after the cesarean section birth of our son.
VBAC Bibliography
This is a comprehensive bibliography on Vaginal Birth After Cesarean section (VBAC), compiled from 1916 to the present, and updated quarterly. Each paper has been reviewed and abstracted for your convenience. This is a cyberspace collaboration between me and Dr. Philip J. Rosenow, M.D. to make information on VBAC easily accessible to medical practitioners worldwide.
Suggestions for
VBAC Delivery
We have returned from our ordeal much more knowledgable about the birthing process, and VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean) deliveries in particular. Here's some suggestions.
A Plea for
VBAC Education
Obstetricians tend to categorize deliveries as either vaginal or cesarean, yet VBAC deliveries have considerations not shared by cesarean or non-VBAC vaginal deliveries. It is for this reason that we believe that the formal education from obstetricians should include preparation for VBAC deliveries. Today's medical education system does not adequately prepare its students for VBAC deliveries.
Suggestions for decreasing
the risk of VBAC deliveries
VBAC deliveries are not quite as safe in the real world as they are in the academic institutions that study safety. Here are some suggestions to medical institutions to improve the safety of VBAC deliveries.
Cesarean Section:
The Anatomy of a Choice
All women planning hospital births should read this essay. It describes the procedures undertaken during a cesarean section. Reprinted, with permission, from Leilah McCracken's BirthLove Columns.

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