VBAC: Vaginal Birth After Casearean
If you didn’t think it was accessible, think again.
If you are someone who desires to try a vaginal delivery after having had a cesarean, it is surely possible. It is encouraging to know that 90% of women who have undergone cesarean deliveries are candidates for VBAC. Statistically, the highest rate of VBAC involves women who have experienced both vaginal and cesarean births and given the choice, have decided to deliver vaginally. In most published studies, 60-80%–roughly 3 to 4 out of 5–women who have previously undergone cesarean birth can successfully give birth vaginally.
As with anything unknown, fear and anxiety can dominate one’s thoughts in trying something different. Having the informational and emotional support to try could alter the outcome. Here are some of the factors that will be in your favor:
- No more than 2 low transverse cesarean deliveries.
- No additional uterine scars, anomalies or previous ruptures.
- Your health care provider should be prepared to monitor labor and perform or refer for a cesarean if necessary .
- Your birth location should have personnel available on weekends and evenings in case a cesarean is necessary.
- If the original reason for a cesarean delivery is not repeated with this pregnancy
- You have no major medical problems
- The baby is a normal size
- The baby is head-down
Talk to your healthcare provider; have someone who is supportive of your desires and birth plan; have a good support team with you in the labor room!