I was amazed to hear just how much each cesarean increases a woman's risk of placenta accreta. Here's an excerpt:
"Studies and textbooks suggest that the risk of developing an accreta is as high as 4 percent in women who have had two previous Cesareans; that jumps to 60 percent with three C-sections, their physicians said."60%?! Holy cow.
"'In the 1950s, the incidence was something like 1 in 30,000 women,' Mills said, adding that newer studies, conducted within the last decade, suggest that the rate has climbed to as high as 1 in 2,500 or even 1 in 500.This gave me hope:
"'So there is definitely an increase in occurrence,' he said. 'And in women with C-sections, that's where we've really seen an explosion.'"
"Hospitals also are encouraging more pre-natal counseling of C-section risks, particularly if a woman is interested in having multiple children. They say it is possible for a woman who has delivered her first baby via Cesarean to give birth vaginally the second time."So often I feel discouraged as I hear about record cesarean rates every year. But maybe the trend is coming to an end? I really hope so.