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Can you have a vaginal birth after caesarean?

Many women believe that once they deliver via caesarean, all future babies will arrive the same way. In the past, it certainly was the accepted medical view that vaginal birth after caesarean (VBAC) wasn’t possible and certainly not recommended.

However, in the right circumstances and with the right care it is possible to have a safe and successful vaginal birth.

Can you have a vaginal birth after caesarean?

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Many women believe that once they deliver via caesarean, all future babies will arrive the same way. In the past, it certainly was the accepted medical view that vaginal birth after caesarean (VBAC) wasn’t possible and certainly not recommended.

However, in the right circumstances and with the right care it is possible to have a safe and successful vaginal birth.

What is different about a vaginal birth after caesarean?

The choice to have a vaginal birth after caesarean is a personal one, however it should be led by expert medical advice. If you and your baby are in good health and your pregnancy is progressing normally, your chance of a successful vaginal birth are higher.

In fact, many women go on to have a safe and successful birth after caesarean the same as any other vaginal birth. The most important difference is that during labour and birth you will be monitored much more closely to ensure there are no complications.

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Important considerations for a vaginal birth after caesarean (VBAC)   

If any of the below considerations are relevant to you, your doctor is highly likely to recommend a planned caesarean rather than a VBAC.

 

• Previous or current complications

If you had a caesarean section with complications previously or if you have complications in your current pregnancy meaning a caesarean would be safer for your and baby.

 

• Number of previous caesareans

If you’ve previously had 2 or more caesareans

 

• Previous uterus damage or surgery

If you’ve had previous surgery to your uterus, such as removal of fibroids or your uterus has ruptured previously

 

• Multiple Pregnancy

If you’re expecting twins, triplets or more

 

• Recency of your last caesarean

If you’re previous caesarean was less than 18 months ago

 

• Your preferred delivery location

If you prefer to have a home birth or deliver in a birthing suite rather than a in case an emergency caesarean is needed.

If you’d like to discuss a vaginal birth after caesarean section on the past, please feel free to contact Dr Kieren Wilson’s rooms for more information and to arrange a consultation. Email us on info@drkierenwilson.com.au or call 02 9923 4222.

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