What factors should be considered when making the decision to have a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC)?

Dr. Stephen Guy discusses what factors a woman should consider when deciding whether to have a VBAC. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

What factors should be considered when making the decision to have a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC)?

Important factors to consider for VBAC would be that not more that two previous cesarean sections, that both the c-sections had had a low transverse incision in the uterus, and hopefully a situation where it's not a repeating indication for a c-section.

   

When deciding whether a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) is right for them, women should consider a variety of factors.

Some factors that are more likely to make a VBAC successful, according to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and Premier Health Specialists’ (PHS) physicians, include:

  • A previous successful vaginal delivery
  • No more than two previous cesareans
  • Not overdue for birth
  • Not considering induction
  • Transverse (side-to-side), not vertical, incision from a previous C-section 

For more information about who makes a good candidate for VBAC, talk to your doctor.

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