Pregnant women who opt for vaginal birth after caesarean section (VBAC) run the risk of uterine rupture, according to Universiti Malaya Medical Centre's Consultant Specialist in Maternal and Foetal Medicine Professor Dr Imelda Balchin.
She said the risk could occur in four out of 1,000 pregnant women who opt for VBAC.
"We really encourage VBAC for expecting mothers with no complications, but it must be done in safe way and place, which is at a maternity hospital," she told Bernama when contacted today.
She added that being in a maternity hospital would ensure that most mothers would deliver their babies naturally and safely, under the care of specialists and medical officers.
If the uterine ruptured when the mother was delivering her child at home, it might be too late for them to get emergency help that was vital to save her and her unborn baby, she said.