Counselling women about the risks of caesarean delivery in future pregnancies PART 3


  • Recurrence of the previous indication for the initial CD (eg; labour dystocia).
  • Gestational age greater than 40 weeks.
  • Maternal obesity.
  • Pre-eclampsia.
  • Short interpregnancy interval.
  • Increased maternal age.
  •  non-white ethnicity.11
  •  Advantages of TOLAC & successful VBAC

  • It reduces the rate of blood transfusion.
  • It reduces rate of hysterectomy.
  • It reduces rate of neonatal respiratory morbidity.
  • It helps to avoid major abdominal surgery.
  • Shorter time to recovery.
  • Less morbidity from infection.
  • It reduces risk of abnormal placentation in future  pregnancies. Advantages of repeat CD
  • Uterine rupture is rare.
  • Repeat CD at 37-39 weeks appears to decrease the risk of stillbirth.Recommendation for repeat CD
  • Respect of patient’s autonomy when she has been fully informed and expresses understanding of the issues.
  • Recommended gestational age for repeat CD is 39-40 weeks.
  • Avoid delivery before 39w unless medically indicated. CONCLUSION
  • Synthesize a multitude of variables.
  • Variation amongst exist.
  • Additional research needed.
  • Goal of thorough counselling and documentation should be a mutually endorsed decision that optimises maternal and neonatal outcomes.REFERENCES1.Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. FastStats: Inpatient Surgery. [].2.National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. Caesarean Section. CG132. London: NICE 2011 [].

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