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Are You a Candidate for a VBAC

Why consider VBAC?

  1. No surgery; therefore: none of the possible complications of surgery, shorter hospital stay and quicker return to normal daily activities.
  2. Experience of a vaginal birth.
  3. 60 to 80 percent of women who attempt a VBAC have a successful vaginal delivery.
  4. Might help you avoid the risks of multiple cesarean deliveries, such as placental problems.

What are the risks of VBAC?

While a successful VBAC is associated with fewer complications than an elective repeat C-section, a failed trial of labor after a C-section is associated with more complications, including:
Uterine rupture:

  • Rare, happens in less than 1% of women who attempt a trial of labor after cesarean.
  • In this scenario, the cesarean scar on the uterus breaks open and an emergency C-section is needed to prevent life-threatening complications.
  • Treatment might involve surgical removal of the uterus (hysterectomy). If your uterus is removed, you won't be able to get pregnant again.

Who's eligible for VBAC?

Many factors:

  1. What type of uterine incision was used for the prior C-section?
  2. Why did you have a previous C-section?
  3. Have you ever had a uterine rupture?
  4. Have you had other surgeries on your uterus?
  5. Have you had previous vaginal deliveries?
  6. How many C-sections have you had?
  7. When did you last give birth?
  8. Do you have any health concerns that might affect a vaginal delivery?
  9. Where will you deliver the baby?
  10. Will you need to be induced?

The answers to these above questions and a candid dialogue with your obstetrician are key to help you decide whether a VBAC is right for you!