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What do I need to know about vaginal birth after c-section?

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A vaginal birth after C-section (VBAC) is possible for many women, but there are factors to help you and your doctor decide if it’s right for you.

Safety for you and your baby is the main thing to consider. VBAC isn’t always safe for every woman.

If you try to have a vaginal birth and you’re at high risk of complications, it can cause serious problems for you and your baby -- some even life-threatening. For you and your doctor to consider a vaginal birth for you, both you and your baby need to be in good health. You might even be able to attempt VBAC if you’re pregnant with twins, if your doctor says that all of you are healthy enough.

SOURCES:

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development: “Is vaginal birth possible after a Cesarean delivery?”

March of Dimes: “Vaginal birth after cesarean.”

Office on Women’s Health: “Pregnancy: Labor and birth.”

American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology: “Vaginal birth after Cesarean delivery: Deciding on a trial of labor after Cesarean delivery.”

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on October 15, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development: “Is vaginal birth possible after a Cesarean delivery?”

March of Dimes: “Vaginal birth after cesarean.”

Office on Women’s Health: “Pregnancy: Labor and birth.”

American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology: “Vaginal birth after Cesarean delivery: Deciding on a trial of labor after Cesarean delivery.”

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on October 15, 2018

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