What VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) involves
If you have ever had a cesarean delivery which is most commonly referred to as a C-section, then you may be able to give birth to your next child vaginally. This birth process is what is referred to as a vaginal birth after cesarean also known as VBAC. Most women who have delivered either through C-section or vaginally do not suffer from serious problems that may be as a result of childbirth. In the scenario that you and your doctor agree that you can have a VBAC, then you will first have to undergo what is known as a trial of labor after cesarean. What this means is that you make plans to go into labor with the main aim of wanting to deliver vaginally. However, just like any other labor, it may also be difficult for you to be able to know whether or not a VBAC is going to work for you. Therefore, you should always have an open mind since you may still need to get a C-section.
Knowing if a trial of labor is a safe option
Choosing to go for a vaginal birth after cesarean may be a safe option for most women. However, whether it is the best option for you will depend on a number of things. One of the most important factors that you will have to look at is why you had the C-section as well as how many C-sections you have had since then. You could have a discussion with your doctor so that the both of you can discuss the risks and problems that may occur during the trail of labor.
What are the benefits of opting for VBAC?
There are a number of benefits that come when you opt for a vaginal birth after cesarean. These benefits include the following:
- You are going to experience less pain during delivery
- Your risk of getting an infection is going to be low
- You will be avoiding another scar on your uterus. This is very important especially if you are planning on getting pregnant in the future. The more scars that you subject your uterus to, the higher the chance that you are going to experience problems later on during your pregnancy.
- You will spend fewer days in the hospital and your recovery period is also going to be less.
- You and your partner are going to have a more active role in the birth of your child.
What are the VBAC risks?
One of the most common risks during a VBAC is that your previous scar could open up when you are in labor. However, this is very rare, but if it happens, it could be very dangerous and serious both to the mother and the baby.