Women who had a previous C-section may be still be suitable for VBAC. Consult your doctor.
What is VBAC?
VBAC is an acronym for Vaginal Birth After Cesarean section.
#1 What is my chance of VBAC?
The chance of a successful VBAC resulting in a natural delivery is 50-60%. This may be higher if you previously had natural deliveries.
#2 Why should I consider VBAC?
As natural delivery is still feasible in properly selected cases, you can avoid a repeat C-section and the surgical risks. In addition, you can have another VBAC in next pregnancy. This is perfect!
#3 What are my risks for VBAC?
The main worry is the risk of scar rupture. But don't worry as the risk is only 0.5% after one previous C-section. Unfortunately, scar rupture is life-threatening for both mother and baby. It may even lead to a hysterectomy and brain injury to baby.
If you desire VBAC and your doctor deems you suitable for this, you will be closely monitored for a trial of labour. However, if the labour is not progressing or baby in distress, an emergency C-section is warranted.
#4 Is epidural pain relief allowed?
Yes, you can! Epidural is absolutely safe for VBAC.