Vaginal birth after a cesarean essentially means that women who have had a C-section for a previous delivery can opt for a vaginal delivery for subsequent deliveries. Earlier, it was taken for granted that anyone who’s had a C-section earlier will always have a C-section for all subsequent pregnancies. However, advances in fetal medicine and obstetric methods have now made it possible for a normal vaginal birth.
Despite the possible chances of VBAC, certain risks are inherent, and it is important to be cognizant of the same. Age is a critical factor – the older you are, the less likely you are to be able to deliver by conventional methods following a C-section. Obesity or higher body mass index is also a limiting factor as is the higher birth weight of the baby.
The key to a successful VBAC is a continuous conversation with your gynaecologist and regular electronic fetal monitoring. Having an open mind is essential and allowing the gynaecologist to take the most informed decision is critical. It is important to note that a safe childbirth and the safety of both mother and child are of paramount consideration. If your gynaecologist believes that there is any additional risk involved, it may be better to opt for a safer delivery option rather than a preferred one.