VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean) Basics

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There are many myths and misunderstandings around VBACs (vaginal births after cesarean). This general overview from Childbirth Connection can aid you in determining whether a VBAC or C-section will be best for you and your child.

“Is planning a VBAC or a repeat C-section safer for me?

Both VBAC and repeat C-section have some increased risks for mothers. However, planned vaginal birth is safer overall for you than a planned repeat C-section unless there is a clear and well-supported need for a C-section. With supportive care, 75 or so out of 100 women who plan VBAC do give birth vaginally. The others go on to have another C-section, primarily for reasons unrelated to the scar.”