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Obstetrics & Gynecology: Woman to woman health services

Birth After
Cesarean Section

Know Your Options

Many women are candidates for vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC). According to research, about 60 to 80 percent of women have a successful vaginal delivery. But the choice to pursue VBAC or schedule a C-section can be difficult. We will discuss all of the options with you to determine the best possible outcome.

Why consider VBAC?

A vaginal delivery involves no surgery, none of the possible complications. It also means a shorter hospital stay and a quicker return to normal daily activities. Also, for some women the experience vaginal childbirth is appealing.

Future pregnancies should be considered, too. If you're planning for more pregnancies, VBAC might help you avoid the risks of multiple cesarean deliveries.

Risks of VBAC?

VBAC is associated with fewer complications than an elective repeat C-section. But a failed trial of labor after a C-section is associated with more complications, including, rarely, a uterine rupture. If there is a uterine rupture an emergency C-section is needed to prevent complications, such as heavy bleeding for the mother and life-threatening injury to the baby. Be sure to discuss with us all of the possible implications and determine what is best for your situation.



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