Women who have Caesarean section births are often led to believe that all their subsequent births will be C- Section. They assume it to be a safer choice, when compared to a vaginal birth. Also, in America, there is a 92% repeat caesarean rate which further strengthens this belief. The truth is, Vaginal Birth after C-Section (VBAC) is possible and many women are great candidates for VBAC.
If you’ve had a C-Section earlier and want to go for vaginal birth now, we at KIMS Cuddles help you make an informed choice about your birthing options. Here are some myths and facts about VBAC:
Myth #1: Once a Caesarean, Always a Caesarean
Fact: The fear of giving birth vaginally after a caesarean surgery prevents many women from attempting VBAC. Diane Korte, author of ‘The VBAC Companion’ says that, “Many women who have C-Sections, believe that their bodies cannot give birth like other women”. This is completely untrue. Thousands of women have vaginal births after C-sections every year. Even the National Institutes of Health (NIH), says that “VBAC is reasonable and safe choice for a majority of people with a prior caesarean”. As long as there aren’t any other health complications, VBAC can be an option for most mothers. Talk to our team of Gynecologists and Obstetricians at KIMS Cuddles to seek their opinion on VBAC.
Myth #2: VBAC after one caesarean increases the risk of uterine rupture by 60%
Fact: Women fear that attempting a vaginal birth after a C-section will cause their uterus to rupture and split open at the previous site of incision. This is completely untrue. According to experts, the risk of uterine rupture after one low transverse (bikini) cut caesarean is about 0.5%-1%. Even first time mothers are at equal risk delivering vaginally, and can face complications such as uterine rupture, placental abruption, cord prolapse, and shoulder dystocia. Trying a vaginal birth after caesarean section, in no way, increases the risk.
Myth #3: If you’re pregnant with twins, you can’t have a VBAC
Fact: Many women believed that if a woman, pregnant with twins, had a C-section previously, she would need a repeat C-section for subsequent deliveries. However, guidelines by the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists say that any woman with an uncomplicated, low-risk twin pregnancy can safely attempt a vaginal birth after caesarean. There is no need to undergo a repeat C-section.
Myth #4: There is a 25% chance of either maternal or infant mortality in case of VBAC
Fact: False! The risk of both maternal and infant mortality is very low in case of VBAC. In fact, when a woman plans a VBAC, the maternal mortality rate is 0.0038% as compared to an elective repeat caesarean with a mortality rate of 0.0134%. Limited evidence suggests that risk of infant mortality is 2.8-6.2%, only after a rare uterine rupture.
Myth #5: Most doctors refuse to do a VBAC
Fact: Technically, a doctor cannot refuse to perform a VBAC if the patient is a willing, healthy candidate with no known complications. VBAC is a safe option for over 90% of women who’ve undergone a C-section, and a good doctor will help guide you through the process. KIMS Cuddles understands your feelings and our doctors ensure that you receive our very best!
VBAC has many advantages like faster recovery, reduced medical intervention and lower chances of repeat C-sections. At KIMS Cuddles, we help to educate you better so that you can make the best choice for you and your baby.
The opinions presented in this article are not to be substituted for medical advice under any circumstance