Is Vaginal Birth After Cesarean(VBAC) Right for You?

Every soon-to-be mother wants to have a normal vaginal delivery. No women want to see a cut on the body that can affect her health lifelong and this is the reason why normal deliveries through vagina are preferred than the C-section deliveries. But what if due to some medical emergencies or abnormal position of the baby, you had undergone a C-section in your previous pregnancy and now you are expecting again? This time, would you be able to deliver a baby normally or you will have to undergo a repeat C-section delivery? This condition of being able to deliver normally after the cesarean delivery is known as VBAC(Vaginal Delivery After Cesarean). Let’s talk about it in detail.

What is VBAC and How to be a good candidate for it?

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VBAC is an acronym for Vaginal Delivery After Cesarean. If you had a c-section delivery in your previous pregnancy and you are expecting again, there are chances that you can have a VBAC. VBAC is, no doubt, better than having a repeated C-section but it does have some terms and conditions. To be a good candidate for VBAC, you need to fulfill the following conditions:

  • Your previous pregnancy should be a low-transverse uterine incision, not the vertical incision.

  • Your pelvis should be large enough to allow your baby to come out smoothly.

  • You need not be a patient with previous uterine surgery history.

  • The weight of your baby should not be more than 8 pounds

  • You should not have undergone a uterine rupture before.

Apart from the above-mentioned points, you should not be an older woman to go for a VBAC. Overweight women and women who have a short time between pregnancies (18 months or less) are less likely to succeed in a VBAC.

Risks Involved in Attempting a Vaginal Delivery After Cesarean

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  • Even if you are a good candidate for VBAC, there are chances, though less than 1%, that you can have a uterine rupture resulting into a severe blood loss and scarcity of oxygen for the baby inside.

  • If after the long hours of a vaginal delivery process, if you are unable to deliver the baby through your vagina, you will have to undergo an unplanned c-section which is again not good for you. In this case, you will be having a c-section after passing through all the vaginal delivery pain.

  • Unplanned c-section is mostly accompanied with excessive bleeding and in rare cases, a blood transfusion or a hysterectomy.

  • In the end, an unsuccessful VBAC can lead to severe health issues for your baby. He may not survive long or may develop prolonged neurological damage.

These are some of the points that you should before planning your next baby after a cesarean delivery. While expecting a normal delivery after c-section is normal, the symptoms and effects may not. So, make sure you know a bit about VBAC before heading out to the hospital. Hope you find this information useful. Do let us know your thoughts in the comment section. We would love to hear from you. 

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