Take a look at this recent Time magazine article about the increasing trend on the part of hospitals toward prohibiting, or de facto prohibiting, vaginal birth after cesarean section (VBAC). It is eye-opening that the  “once a cesarean, always a cesarean” (as the article phrases it) concept, which was being questioned, with VBAC considered a desirable outcome, as recently as 10-20 years ago, is now once again “law” for the majority of pregnant women who have already had a cesarean. And overweight and obese women are more likely to have c-sections (including unnecessary c-sections) anyway, so you can imagine that this liability-avoidant trend will disproportionately affect plus-size women. It is worth noting that although VBAC is not without risk, neither are c-sections, obviously.

h/t The Well-Rounded Mama–please check out her multi-part post on the article. (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.)

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