Women who have previously had a cesarean delivery often are concerned on whether they can undergo a vaginal birth for subsequent pregnancies. In many cases, a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) is not only possible but recommended. It is estimated that 90% of women who had previous cesarean deliveries can be candidates for a VBAC. Although each situation is different, if you are pregnant and want to consider a VBAC, here are some factors to consider and discuss with your OB/GYN.
- Reason for previous cesarean. The reason why you had a previous cesarean is important in deciding whether you can have a VBAC. If there were risk factors that are no longer a concern, you may be a good candidate for a VBAC.
- Number of cesareans. Most women who have had one or two cesarean deliveries can be a viable candidate for a VBAC.
- If you and your baby are in good health throughout your pregnancy, you and your OB/GYN can discuss the possibility of a VBAC. The size and position of the baby should also be a consideration.
Women who are attempting a VBAC should always have a plan to switch to cesarean at time of delivery if needed. This means planning with your OB/GYN to have your delivery in a location that is prepared for a cesarean delivery. Although rare, uterine ruptures are the biggest concern with a VBAC and you will need to be closely monitored during labor to ensure it is safe to proceed with a vaginal birth. Consult with your local OB/GYN that specializes in performing VBAC deliveries to discuss your options.
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