Bleeding and Threat of Miscarriage After a Prior Cesarean

12 Oct

I wonder how many U.S. women have heard their physicians say, “Let’s schedule your cesarean, but I should tell you that compared to having a vaginal birth, if you become¬† pregnant again, you will be at risk for placenta previa, placental abruption, and placenta accreta.” I venture, not many. Each additional cesarean increases these risks. The ¬†number of scheduled non-medically necessary cesarean sections has been increasing in the U.S. for all women across the board. Regardless of age, race, type of insurance coverage, or socio-economic factors. This means that more and more women who become pregnant after a cesarean are being put at risk for serious complications including hemorrhage, ¬†miscarriage, or preterm birth. You can download a comprehensive list of short- and long-term risks of cesarean section for mother and baby and a Mother’s Checklist from the Coalition For Improving Maternity Services (CIMS). See The Risks of Cesarean Section Fact Sheet.

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