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New guidelines on birth method after prior c-section

WATERLOO (KWWL) -- Attempting a natural birth after a prior c-section is safe for most women, according to new guidelines released by the American College of Ob-Gyns.

The c-section delivery rate has skyrocketed over the past 40 years to almost one in three births (31%).

But fewer women (8.5%) are opting for subsequent vaginal births even though they are considered safe after a c-section.

The new guidelines, published in the Journal Obstetrics and Gynecology, state that women with two previous c-sections, women carrying twins and those with an unknown type of uterine scar can now attempt a natural birth.

Doctors hope this will help decrease the number of c-sections performed each year.

60% to 80% of women who attempt natural births after c-sections are successful.

There are risks linked with repeat c-sections and attempted vaginal births after c-sections (hemorrhage, infection, operative injury, blood clots, hysterectomy and death)

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