Friday, March 7, 2014


What is a VBAC?

A VBAC is a vaginal birth after Cesarean (c-section).

Can I have a VBAC?

Generally speaking most women can have VBACs and is a safe option. There are factors to consider, such as how many c-sections have you had and why was the first c-section done, which should be discussed with your provider and prayed over at great length.

What are the benefits to having a VBAC?

  • Avoiding more scarring on your uterus 
  • Usually less painful recovery
  • Shorter recovery period
  • Decreased risk of infection
  • Being active in the birth of your child
What are the risks of a VBAC?

  • Uterine rupture- the previous incision may come open due to the pressure of labor
  • Other risks associated with C-sections: increased infection, increase in bleeding, 
When is it not possible to attempt a VBAC?

If you have a vertical incision on the uterus instead of the common horizontal incision providers will not allow you to attempt a VBAC due to the much higher risk of uterine rupture with this type of incision. Also if you have had 3 or move previous c-sections, it is not likely you will be permitted to attempt a VBAC.

Have you had or attempted to have a VBAC? What was your experience? 

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