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?