Change in Caesarian Policy - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/14/04

Change in Caesarian Policy

It's common today for doctors to consider natural childbirth even if the mother had a c-section once before, but that's not even an option anymore at three hospitals in Massachusetts.

For the first time, officials have issued a policy that says no more vaginal deliveries after a caesarian birth, even if there's been a natural birth by that mother, too.

It's a sign of the times since some studies have shown an increased risk of complications among women who choose a vaginal birth after having had a c-section. Hospital administrators in Massachusetts say they can't afford that risk because of the current malpractice environment.

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