When you have had a previous cesarean birth you two choice for how to give birth again: elective repeat cesarean birth or a planned vaginal birth. There are risks and benefits to both choices and only you can decide which type of birth is best for you and your family.
“If I don’t know my options, I don’t have any”~Diana Korte
In a 2010 American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) practice bulletin, it was concluded that a trial of labor after cesarean (TOLAC) is a safe and appropriate option for most women who desire a VBAC.
“Birth is not only about making babies. Birth is about making mothers~strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and know their inner strength” ~Barbara Katz Rothman
Benefits of VBAC include:
- No surgery
- Shorter recovery period
- Less risk of infection
- Less blood loss
- Benefit to future deliveries as complications increase with each additional cesarean
Risks of VBAC include:
- Need for repeat cesarean birth
- Complications of cesarean birth
- Uterine rupture (0.7 – 0.9% incidence)
If you are interested in your options for VBAC please contact the us to arrange for a consultation with the midwife. Together you will review your previous pregnancy(ies) and birth(s), and discuss your options for an out of hospital VBAC.