Michelle's Note (2.10.11): I found this old post of mine in an online archive, so I'm publishing it again for your perusal:
According to HealthCentral.com:
THURSDAY, Nov. 27 (HealthDayNews) — A mother whose first baby is delivered by cesarean section may have an increased risk of unexplained stillbirth in her second pregnancy, says a Scottish study in the Nov. 29 issue of the journal The Lancet.
In women with one previous cesarean delivery, the risk of unexplained stillbirth when the fetus was at least 39 weeks old was about double the risk of stillbirth or neonatal death from uterine rupture, the study says.
Some proponents of elective cesareans may say that this is a good reason to perform the surgery, in order to prevent a stillbirth. But repeat cesareans have their own risks.
My opinon? This is yet another reason why doctors need to stop performing unnecessary (and sometimes elective) cesareans to begin with. Then we don't have to worry about a doubled risk when a woman wants to have another second child.