Vaginal Birth After C-Section?

In the past, women who had a caesarean section (c-section) delivery would have a caesarean for all future deliveries. Today, however, women are able to plan to go into labour (trial of labour) to deliver vaginally. This is called a VBAC (vaginal birth after caesarean).

It is safer and less risky for a trial of VBAC than a routine caesarean. Most doctors are likely to recommend a vaginal birth than a c-section, with the exception of special cases. Always consult your doctor before making any decision.


“Am I illegible for a VBAC?”

  1. If you have had one caesarean in the past, VBAC is generally safe.
  2. If you have had two or more caesareans in the past, VBAC is generally not recommended.

Risks Involved in VBAC

Pregnant women who have a caesarean scar as a result of previous c-section, have a slight risk of the scar on the uterus breaking open during labour. Known as a uterine rupture, this complication can be life-threatening. However, there’s only 1 to 2 percent chances of a uterine rupture with a VBAC on a singleton (studies have not shown for multiple pregnancies).

The Benefits of a VBAC

  • Safer for you. You are less likely to get an infection and are also less likely to have serious blood loss or experience complications related to surgery.
  • Earlier bonding with your newborn. If you have a successful VBAC, you may get to hold your baby sooner as compared to a repeat c-section. You can also start to breastfeed your child right after.
  • Fast recovery. Your stay in the hospital is likely to be shorter after a VBAC than a repeat c-section. Concurrently, your energy and stamina will also return more quickly.
  • Less costly. A successful VBAC costs less than a planned repeat c-section. However, if an unplanned c-section takes place as a result of an unsuccessful VBAC, the cost can be more than a planned repeat c-section.

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