After delivering through C section in the past, most women think they are out for choices for subsequent births, but this is not necessarily the case. VBAC or vaginal birth after c section is safe for most women. According to statistics by the National Institutes of Health, 60 to 80% of women who attempt to deliver vaginally are successful. This equates to about 3 or 4 out of every 5 women.
It is not guaranteed that you will have a vaginal birth, but there are some ways you could drastically improve your chances of VBAC.
- Labor that begins naturally
- Previous vaginal delivery
- Only one previous incision
Consider the six strategies below to boost your odds of having a vaginal delivery after c section
Women are told to steer clear of VBAC due to uterine rapture. The odds of this kind of complication happening is actually less than 1 percent.
Educate yourself on the potential risks and rewards of VBAC. There are plenty of resources for expectant mothers to turn to; getting all the facts right about possible scenarios will help you make your birth plan.
#2 Find a health care provider
Not all hospitals are VBAC friendly. The reality is that C sections cost more than vaginal births so it makes sense that hospitals will choose to perform a C section over vaginal birth. When interviewing prospective doctors, ask about their success rate of VBAC. The most important thing is to have a supportive provider who wont be afraid to let your baby come out naturally when ready.
#3 Is the hospital VBAC friendly?
Your doctor may be all for your vaginal birth plan, but the hospital may not be too keen on it.
In the summer of 2014, Hudson Hospital in Hudson, Wisconsin, made headlines when it announced it was banning VBACs, forcing women to change their birth plans and, in some cases, even their hospital. Yet Hudson Hospital is hardly the only facility that does not accommodate VBACs. According to a 2009 report from the International Cesarean Awareness Network, more than 40 percent of U.S. hospitals do not allow moms to deliver vaginally after a cesarean.
Have a clear understanding of your hospitals’ birth practices.
#4 Consider all options
The hospital is the best place for VBAC moms to give birth, but you can explore other options if you prefer. Birth centers supported by midwives have very high VBAC success rates. The risk of complications from VBAC is roughly 0.5 percent; the same level as other rare birth complications all women face during childbirth.
Spend time researching all options and discuss them with the doctor to figure out whats right for you.
#5 Hire a Doula
A non medical labor support person is necessary for women considering VBAC. The continuous support of a Doula has been found to reduce women’s chances of non indicated c sections by up to 80 percent.
#6 Believe in your birth plan and sick to it
Its important to mentally prepare for a C Section as the best laid plans can unravel. Its going to be painful and you will wish it ends before you even begin, but stick to the plan and you’ll be fine
Have you had a C Section? Is vaginal delivery something you want to have?
First published at www.parents.com