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I want VBAC (Vaginal Birth after C- section)

Women who had a previous C-section may be still be suitable for VBAC. Consult your doctor.

Pregnancy Singapore: I want VBAC (Vaginal Birth after C- section)

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.

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