Risks of Having Third Cesarean Section


Dear Midwife,
Hi I am a mother of 2 children and I am pregnant with my 3rd child. With both my previous pregnancies I had a cesarean section and with this pregnancy I know I have to have another one.

What are the risks of this? What precautions should I take?


You might want to watch the YouTube my student did, which is very well-researched :

It was designed for women who are trying to avoid a cesarean, but the risk info is still relevant for you. You might also visit the ican-online.org web site for info.

The main precaution you should take is to make sure you have a good iron supply in your blood. Eat a healthy diet, take your prenatals, and take any iron supplements that are prescribed.

Good luck!
-- Cynthia, CNM. PhD.

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Cynthia Flynn

Cynthia Flynn, CNM. PhD, is the General Director of the Family Health and Birth Center which provides prenatal, birth, postnatal, gynecological and primary health care to underserved women and their families in Washington, D.C. Recently Cynthia served as Associate Professor of Nursing at Seattle University. There she not only taught, but remained in full scope clinical midwifery practice at Valley Medical Center where she cared for pregnant and birthing women, and practices well-woman gynecology, family planning, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

Cynthia founded Columbia Women's Clinic and Birth Center, where she took care of pregnant women and infants up to two weeks of age and attended both birth center and hospital births. Before Cynthia earned her CNM, she worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery and postpartum and is a certified Doula and Doula trainer.