VBAC stands for vaginal birth after cesarean, and the subject has come under scrutiny in years as medical professionals continue to debate whether or not it is a good idea.  Though complications are somewhat rare, VBAC delivery runs some very serious risks including uterine rupture and birth injury. Yet the alternative, a delivery by C-section, poses the same risks that accompany any surgical procedure such as reactions to anesthetic, mistakes during the procedure, and infection.

If VBAC is selected as the delivery method, the medical staff must remain on high alert and closely monitor the mother and fetus for any signs of fetal distress. If they do not, mother and baby may pay the price for the medical negligence of that attending staff.

Increased risk for uterine scar rupture

Laboring for a VBAC poses a threat that the mother’s uterine scar from her prior C-section will rupture. The chance of a uterine rupture varied based on the location of the original scar.   If the uterine scar does rupture, there is a chance that the baby may be pushed through the uterine wall and into the mother’s abdomen.  The medical staff must be on high alert for a uterine rupture and act fast to avoid such an outcome.

Uterine scar rupture symptoms

During labor or delivery, a uterine rupture can occur quickly with no warning that it’s about to happen. Some symptoms of this include:

  • Fetal heart rate changes
  • Diminished intensity of contractions
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Sharp pain at tor around existing scar sight

Avoiding VBAC birth injuries

In the event of uterine rupture during a VBAC delivery, medical personnel must take swift decisive action.  A C-section may be warranted.

A prompt response is so imperative that the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has made specific recommendations including that women in labor be offered electronic fetal monitoring. It is also required that an anesthesiologist and a surgeon are available immediately during the delivery.

Medical negligence and VBAC

If a mistake was made during your VBAC birth and it resulted in a birth injury to you or your baby, you may wish to file a lawsuit against the medical staff responsible for the mistake.

The birth injury lawyers of  Balkin & Eisbrouch are available any time to discuss your case. Our legal team is comprised of only the most talented trial attorneys and seasoned medical experts. Let us investigate what went wrong during your VBAC, and get you and your baby compensated for the harm you have been made to suffer as result of medical malpractice.

The consultation is free and you pay no money unless we win your case. Call today.