Dr. Chen [head of the obstetrics and gynecology department] believes the decision to perform a VBAC should be between the physician and patient upon evaluating a woman's individual risk for complications. Depending on the circumstances of a woman's previous Caesarean(s), the risks from VBAC are different for each person, he said.Another choice quote:
The main reason FMH doctors stopped performing VBACs is because of rapidly increasing medical malpractice rates.
"Hospitals don't want to say that. That's the only reason," he said.
Rebecca Mack of Frederick recently delivered her son at home because she did not want to have a C-section for her second child.
Her first child was delivered via Caesarean at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital. She said her experience at Shady Grove was unpleasant, and she did not want to go to the Rockville hospital to have her second child, despite the opportunity to have a VBAC there.
"I felt that if they had given me a chance to relax and rest my body for awhile ... I could've gotten through it," she said. "I'm still bitter."