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VBAC After Caesarean Section

October 17, 2016


The term VBAC Birth is referenced when a women who has previously given birth via a caesarean section and delivers subsequent birth or births vaginally.

This is commonly referred to as ‘vaginal birth after caesarean section’ or VBAC.

Many women wish to experience the feeling of a natural birth and not so long ago, this would not be possible, as specialist believed the risks were to high to delivery naturally.

This way of thinking has changed and more and more specialist are coming round to offering this option to women, Of the  safety of both mum and baby is paramount in the decision. 


Here is a list of the Benefits and Risks of VBAC Birth.

It's important to make sure you are aware of the benefits and Risks associated with a VBAC and talk with your medical specialist on what to expect. There are also lots of groups and forums associate with this topic to help your decision.


The benefits of VBAC are:

  1. Lower risk of developing complications than with repeat elective caesarean section
  2. Avoiding other risks associated with surgical procedures (infections, deep vein thrombosis, less blood loss)
  3. Faster recovery
  4. Generally less risk for the baby (for example, there is a decreased risk of your baby being admitted to a special care nursery for respiratory problems).


The main Risks of VBAC are:

  1. One of the main risks associated with VBAC is rupture of the uterine scar. About one in every 200 VBACs attempted results in rupture of the uterine scar.
  2. For those women who do have a uterine rupture, there is an increased risk of hysterectomy and stillbirth.

If you have had a previous caesarean section, to make an informed decision it is recommended that you:

Obtain the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) patient information pamphlet entitled Vaginal birth after caesarean section

Discuss and clarify the information with your doctor or midwife and ask what types of care and support your hospital offers for women choosing VBAC.

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