Facts About Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC)

May 13th, 2017

What is Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC)? If you have had a cesarean delivery (also called a C-section) before, you may be able to deliver your next baby vaginally. This is called vaginal birth after cesarean, or VBAC. Most women, whether they deliver vaginally or by C-section , don’t have serious problems from childbirth.   Is VBAC Safe? Having a vaginal birth after having a C-section can be a safe choice for most women. Whether it is right for you depends on several things, including why you had a C-section before and how many C-sections you’ve had. You and your doctor can talk about your risk for having problems during a trial of labor. If you and your doctor agree to try a VBAC, you will have what is called a “trial of labor after cesarean,” or TOLAC. This means that you plan to go into labor with the goal to deliver vaginally. But as in any labor, it is hard to know if a VBAC will work. You still may need a C-section. As many as 4 out of 10 women who have a trial of labor need to have a C-section.   Are You Suitable for VBAC? According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, you’re a good candidate for a vaginal birth after a c-section if you meet all the following criteria: Your previous cesarean incision was a low-transverse uterine incision (which is horizontal) rather than a vertical incision in your upper uterus (known as a “classical” incision) or T-shaped, which would put you at higher risk for uterine rupture. (Note that the type of scar on your belly may not match the one on your uterus.) Your pelvis seems large enough to allow your baby to pass through safely. (While there’s no way to know this […]

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