VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Caesarean) FAQs

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Is VBAC less painful?


While a VBAC is much less painful, it is not completely pain free.

Is a vaginal birth after a C-section possible?


Yes, a vaginal birth after a C-section is possible for many women; however, it is not a good idea for all women. It is best to consult with your OB/GYN to determine if a VBAC is best for you.

Why are VBACs preferred?


Vaginal births after a C-section are preferred for a number of reasons, including:

  • Avoid the potential risks of multiple cesarean deliveries if you plan to have future pregnancies, such as placenta previa or placenta accreta.
  • When a mother has a successful VBAC, it lowers the risk of surgical complications that may be necessary due to excessive bleeding, infection, or blood clotting.
  • With a VBAC, you will have a shorter recovery time as opposed to having a cesarean delivery.
  • For some people, it is important for them to experience a vaginal delivery if they are able to.

If I'm at risk of a ruptured uterus, can I have a VBAC?


If you're at risk of a ruptured uterus, it is in your best interest to not have a VBAC, as the repercussions can be life-threatening to you and your fetus. It is always best to speak with your OB/GYN about what is best for you.

What are the risks of a VBAC?


While there are less risks associated with having a successful VBAC as opposed to having a repeated cesarean delivery, an unsuccessful VBAC may have even more complications. Some complications of an unsuccessful VBAC include:

  • Blood loss
  • Infection
  • Uterine rupture (this is rare but if it does happen, it can be life-threatening to you and your fetus)
  • And more

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