What is a VBAC?

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There are two methods to deliver a baby. One is vaginally and the other is by surgery, known as cesarean delivery or a C-section. Previously, many women and healthcare providers thought that if a woman had a C-section then she would have to have another C-section if she was to have another child. After research, people started to realize that this was not always the case and that a VBAC could be an option.

What is a VBAC?

The acronym VBAC stands for ‘Vaginal Birth After Cesarean.’ This means that the woman previously had a C-section with another pregnancy and then had a vaginal birth.

What is a TOLAC?

A TOLAC is an acronym for ‘Trial Of Labor After Cesarean Delivery.’ This is an attempt to have a VBAC. Oftentimes, the healthcare team may provide the woman with an attempt at a VBAC but if it is not successful then they will need a C-section.

What are the Benefits of a VBAC?

If a VBAC is successful the mother will not need surgery which means she will likely have a shorter recovery time, less risk of infection, and less blood loss.

What are the Risks of a VBAC?

The risks of a VBAC include failure to progress, bleeding, infection, perineal tears, problems with the baby’s heart rate, perinatal asphyxia, and shoulder dystocia. A rare but very serious VBAC risk is the C-section scar rupturing.

Who is the Best Candidate for a VBAC?

A good candidate for a VBAC is a woman whose C-section incision was made across the lower part of the uterus, who has had a previous successful vaginal birth, who has good health and no pregnancy complications, and who is younger than 35 years old.

When is a VBAC Considered Unsafe?

A VBAC is considered unsafe if there is a risk of uterine rupture, you have high blood pressure, you have diabetes, you are older than 35 years old, or you are more than 40 weeks pregnant.

Who Should I Talk to About a VBAC?

Talk to your OB/GYN healthcare provider to discuss the possibility of a VBAC if you are interested. They will be able to review your medical history and advise you on your eligibility and possible risks.

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