What is a VBAC procedure (Vaginal Birth after Cesarean)?
Birthing moms who have undergone a cesarean section can frequently try vaginal delivery the next time. This procedure is known as vaginal birth after cesarean section or VBAC.
A VBAC procedure is similar to any other vaginal delivery. However, when you enter labor, midwives and physicians will follow you more closely than if you hadn't previously had a cesarean delivery. During labor and birth, they may utilize technology to monitor your and your baby's health. This allows them to detect any problems fast.
Why should you consider VBAC?
A vaginal delivery, as opposed to another C-section, includes no surgery, none of the potential risks of surgery, a shorter hospital stay, and a speedier return to normal daily activities. VBAC may also be beneficial if you desire to have a vaginal delivery.
Many women want a vaginal delivery experience, and VBAC allows them to do so when they are successful. VBAC may assist women who wish to have more children to avoid specific health concerns associated with repeated cesarean births. These issues can include bowel or bladder damage, hysterectomy, and placental complications in future pregnancies. If you know you desire additional children, this might influence your decision.
What are the advantages of VBAC?
The following are the advantages of a successful VBAC:
- No abdominal surgery is required.
- Recovery time is reduced.
- Reduced infection risk
- Blood loss is reduced.
What are the risks of VBAC?
Although uterine rupture is unusual, it is hazardous and can injure you and your fetus. Infection, blood loss, and other problems are some of the dangers of a VBAC. The cesarean scar on the uterus may burst, an uncommon but significant risk with VBAC (break open). VBAC should not be attempted if you are at high risk of uterine rupture.
Where can I get VBAC?
VBAC should take place at a facility that can handle events that endanger the woman or her fetus's life. Some hospitals may not provide VBAC because staff members do not think they are competent to give this level of emergency care. You & your ob-gyn or other health care practitioner should consider the services offered by the hospital you chose.
Is there anything that may happen during labor that could influence the course of my delivery?
Things can arise that change the balance of risks and advantages if you want to try a VBAC. For example, you may need to have your labour induced (started with drugs or other methods). This can lessen the likelihood of a successful vaginal birth. Labor induction may also raise the possibility of problems during labor. If your circumstances change, you and your obstetrician or other health care professional may want to reconsider.
The inverse may also be true. For example, if you had planned a cesarean birth but went into labor before the procedure, it may be ideal to try VBAC if you are far enough in your delivery and your fetus is healthy.