The Trouble With Repeat Cesareans

Many hospitals and doctors are refusing to let women even try to give birth the old-fashioned way once they have had a C-section. A look at why moms are pushing back

Amanda Friedman for TIME

To avoid another C-section, Barton has to drive 100 miles to deliver in Los Angeles.

For many pregnant women in America, it is easier today to walk into a hospital and request major abdominal surgery than it is to give birth as nature intended. Jessica Barton knows this all too well. At 33, the curriculum developer in Santa Barbara, Calif., is expecting her second child in June. But since her first child ended up being delivered by cesarean section, she can't find an obstetrician in her county who will let her even try to push this go-round. And she could locate only one doctor in nearby Ventura County who allows the option of vaginal birth after...

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