After a c-section, some women choose to give birth vaginally for their next baby
. For most women this is a safe option. Some benefits include experiencing a natural childbirth, quicker recovery time, shorter hospital stay, and avoiding abdominal surgery and the associated risks.
William Osler Health System offers a VBAC class once a month to discuss risks and benefits with expecting parents. If your obstetrician or midwife recommends this please call 416-494-2120 x58031 to book your appointment. Why VBAC?
Vaginal Birth After Caesarean Section (VBAC) is a safe choice for many women who have had a caesarean birth. If you have a healthy pregnancy, have a low horizontal scar on the uterus and go into labour on your own, you have about a 75 per cent chance that you will have a safe, successful vaginal birth.
There are things about your previous birth experience, such as why you had a caesarean section and how many caesareans you have had that will make it more or less likely you will be able to give birth vaginally.
VBAC and repeat caesarean birth are both associated with different risks. Speak with your physician or midwife about which option is best for you and your baby. The benefits of a VBAC
Avoids major abdominal surgery and another scar on your uterus
Shorter hospital stay
Lower risk of infection
More positive birth experience as reported by many women who have had a VBAC.
Smoother transition to life outside of the womb.
Have early skin-to-skin contact
Begin breastfeeding sooner What are my chances of having a VBAC?
The chance you will have a VBAC may be higher if:
You have had a vaginal birth before
Your previous caesarean birth was for breach presentation, twins or problems with the placenta
Your labour progresses well
The chance you will have a VBAC may be lower if:
You go past your expected date of birth
Your labour does not start on its own and you need to be induced
You are significantly overweight
You have had more than one caesarean birth.