Lifewatch: C-sections

Reported by Claire Hosmann - bio|email
Posted by Debra Worley - email

(WECT) - More and more women are opting for c-sections rather than delivering the more natural way.

But, as the rates of c-sections increase, so do the number of complications.  If a c-section isn't necessary, it would lead to serious problems for both the mother and the baby.

Doctor John Elliot says it is possible to have a natural delivery after having a c-section.  He said many doctors may not tell you because they're afraid of complications, which could lead to a law suit.

Bottom line: talk to your doctor and find out your options and risks.

Allyson Solarzano has spent the past five weeks in a hospital room, and will stay there until baby Asher Michael is delivered via c-section.

"We didn't think we'd make it this far, so being at thirty weeks tomorrow is a big achievement for us," said Solarzano.

Solarzano's pregnancy is high risk.  She has had two necessary c-sections and is gearing up for her third.

Dr. Elliot said he's seeing more and more high risk pregnancies and said it's tied to record numbers of c-sections.

"It's been a problem for a while, and it's just now perhaps becoming a little more known to the public," said Dr. Elliot.

Dr. Elliot said c-sections are increasing because older women are having babies, obesity is an epidemic, and simply because a woman wants one.

"I call them designer deliveries," said Dr. Elliot.  "There are a number of these pregnancies that are becoming C-sections based on patient desire and convenience."

Elliot says c-sections increase risks including: massive bleeding, blood clots, organ damage, infertility, and even death.

Solarzano isn't too worried, she's confident everything will be okay.