A vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) can be a great option for many women who have had a previous cesarean delivery. It is important to understand the risks and success rates associated with VBAC before making a decision about your birth plan.
What is VBAC?
VBAC is the delivery of a baby through the vagina after a previous cesarean delivery. A cesarean delivery, also known as a c-section, is a surgical procedure that delivers a baby through an incision in the uterus. VBAC allows a woman to have a vaginal birth without undergoing another c-section, which can be beneficial for both the mother and baby.
There are several factors that can increase the risk of a failed VBAC attempt, including:
Multiple cesarean deliveries: Women who have had more than one c-section are less likely to have a successful VBAC.
Previous uterine surgeries: Women who have had previous uterine surgeries, such as a hysterotomy or hysteroscopic procedures, are at higher risk of complications during a VBAC.
Previous uterine scarring: Women who have a history of uterine scarring are also at a higher risk of complications during a VBAC.
Size of the baby: Women carrying larger babies are more likely to have a failed VBAC attempt.
Induction of labor: Women who require induction of labor for a VBAC are at higher risk of having a failed VBAC.
The success rate of VBAC is estimated to be between 60-80%. This means that 60-80% of women who attempt a VBAC will have a successful vaginal birth.
It is important to understand that VBAC is not a guarantee. If a woman experiences any complications during labor, she may need to have a c-section.
VBAC is a great option for many women who have had a previous cesarean delivery, but it is important to understand the risks and success rates associated with VBAC. Women who are considering a VBAC should discuss their options with their healthcare provider and doula to determine if VBAC is a good choice for them.
If you are in the Atlanta area and are interested in learning more about VBAC and doula support during birth, please feel free to contact Atlanta Birthwork. We are here to support you on your journey to a safe and empowering birth experience."