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Birth injury profile: Uterine ruptures in vaginal births

For pregnant Kentucky women who have had a Caesarean section, the desire to have a vaginal birth is sometimes present. When those women want to try to a vaginal birth after a C-section, they can sometimes have that experience. It is important for these women to know that a VBAC doesn't come without risks, but the doctor overseeing the case should make sure that the risks aren't so great that the woman or baby will suffer injury.

In about 25 percent of women who try a VBAC, a C-section is the ultimate outcome, according to the Mayo Clinic. This can lead to significant injuries for the woman. Having a repeat C-section when the woman is already in labor can lead to uterine infection; however, that isn't the most emergent issue that can arise.

A woman who has a VBAC can sometimes have a uterine rupture. This might necessitate a hysterectomy, which can devastate a woman who was planning on having more children. A uterine rupture can also lead to the baby having brain damage and the woman with heavy bleeding that can be life-threatening if not quickly staunched.

While the risk of a uterine rupture is low -- less than 1 out of every 100 women with a low transverse uterine incision have a uterine rupture -- it is still a cause for concern. That concern must be carefully considered by medical professionals who must manage the woman's case in a safe and effective manner to ensure no birth injury occurs.

When a woman going through a VBAC suffers a uterine rupture, there is a chance that medical negligence might have played a part. If it is determined that the uterine rupture could have been prevented via accepted medical practices, the woman might have the option to seek compensation through a birth injury lawsuit.

Source: MayoClinic, "VBAC: Insight from a Mayo Clinic specialist" Aug. 08, 2014

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