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  1. Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC) - What to Think About

    Any woman in labor-not just one attempting a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC)-might develop complications during childbirth that require a cesarean section delivery.If there is no medical reason for a cesarean, vaginal delivery is generally a safe option for both mother and baby. It is common, however, to fear going through labor after having had a cesarean delivery. This is especially true ...

  2. VBAC: Participation During Birth - Topic Overview

    You and your birth partner can participate more fully in a vaginal birth than you can in a cesarean delivery. During a cesarean delivery,the mother receives either a regional anesthetic or a general anesthetic and cannot fully participate in her baby's birth. Some mothers feel very strongly about being able to bond with the baby immediately after birth. Unless there is some complication,a ...

  3. Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC) - What Affects VBAC Success

    Pregnancy, labor, and delivery are different for every woman and difficult to predict. Even if your first pregnancy required a cesarean, the next one may not. The likelihood of a successful vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) is influenced by various factors. Usually, a combination of factors affects how well or poorly a trial of labor goes.If you are or may be a good candidate for a trial of ...

  4. Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC) - Health Tools

    Health tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Decision Points focus on key medical care decisions that are important to many health problems. Should I have a VBAC trial of labor after a previous cesarean? ...

  5. Topic Overview

    It is standard practice for doctors to use a low,side-to-side (transverse) incision across the uterus for a cesarean delivery. But a vertical type of incision is sometimes needed,such as for some emergency cesarean deliveries. Before deciding whether you are a good candidate for a safe vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC),you and your doctor must first confirm what kind of uterine incision ...

  6. Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC) - Is VBAC Right for You?

    If your current pregnancy and health history are considered low - risk, you are a good candidate for a successful vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC). However, you may have one or more conditions that lower your chances of a successful trial of labor and increase your risk of complications. As you and your health professional decide whether VBAC is right for you, consider the following information

  7. Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC) - Recovery

    Vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) recovery is similar to recovery after any vaginal birth. After a vaginal delivery, the mother and baby can usually go home within 24 to 48 hours. By comparison, recovery from a cesarean section requires 2 to 4 days in the hospital and a period of limited activity as the incision heals.The overall risk of infection is low for both vaginal and cesarean ...

  8. Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC) - Risks of VBAC and Cesarean Deliveries

    Whether you deliver vaginally or by cesarean section, you are unlikely to have serious complications. Overall, a routine vaginal delivery is less risky than a routine cesarean, which is a major surgery. However, researchers have found that pregnant women who have a cesarean scar have a slight risk of the scar breaking open (called uterine rupture) during labor.1Although rare, uterine rupture can .

  9. Topic Overview

    The most rare yet most serious risk of vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) is that the scar on the uterus may break open (rupture) during labor. Women who have a low transverse cesarean scar have a lower risk of rupturing than women who have a vertical incision scar. About 5 to 9 out of 1,000 women (0.5% to 0.9%) with a low transverse scar have a uterine rupture during a trial of labor. 1 A ...

  10. Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC) - What to Expect

    Information, preparation, and teamwork are needed for a successful vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC).Childbirth and VBAC educationTo prepare for labor, consider taking a childbirth education class at your local hospital or clinic. You and your birthing partner can learn: What to expect during VBAC labor and delivery.How to manage the birth using controlled breathing and emotional and physical ..

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