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VBAC Risks -- Complications From Assisted Deliveries

Clip Number: 33 of 37
Presentation: Vaginal Birth After C-Section (VBAC)
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If you suffer major complications that require your doctor to assist your delivery, there are three methods of assistance that you should be aware of. These are: cesarean section, forceps delivery, and vacuum delivery.
A cesarean section is a major operation, which carries the risk of:
• Infection,
• Scarring,
• Bleeding problems,
• Blood clots,
• Nerve damage,
• An allergic reaction to anesthesia,
• A possible hysterectomy,
• Or loss of life of the patient.
All of the risks and complications for a cesarean delivery are not discussed in detail during this presentation. If you have concerns, please discuss them with your doctor.
Now, let's discuss some of the possible complications from forceps and vacuum assistance. In rare cases, they can cause loss of bladder and/or bowel control. You may have significant bleeding from cuts in the cervix or vagina, and they may get infected. It is not uncommon for the baby to have bruises on the face and head, but these usually disappear after a few days.
All of these changes to a normal delivery increase the risk of damage to the baby, including:
• Bone fractures,
• Brain damage,
• And even loss of life.
HOWEVER, these things happen rarely.
When they are necessary, cesarean, forceps, and vacuum deliveries are generally successful in DECREASING the chance of harm to both mother and child.
 

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