VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean)
“VBAC: A second chance for a natural birth.”
Had a C Section in your previous pregnancy? Have you lost hope of ever giving birth vaginally? Trust us, you still may have a chance at vaginal delivery. VBAC, or Vaginal Birth After Cesarean is a reality for women.
Many mothers desire a vaginal birth after a cesarean (VBAC) for various reasons, including wanting a more natural birthing experience, quicker recovery, and a lower risk of complications. In recent years, VBAC has gained popularity as a safe and viable option for mothers who want to avoid a repeat cesarean section.
We at Giggles Hospital understand your delivery preferences. We provide all the required support and medical facilities to let you have a safe VBAC experience.
There are several advantages associated with VBAC as compared to a repeat Cesarean delivery. A few reasons why women like to consider VBAC as a delivery method include:
- Avoiding surgery
- No risk of surgical complications
- Quicker recovery
- Shorter hospital stay
- Not missing out on a natural birthing experience
- Advantages for future pregnancies
Are you eligible for VBAC?
Whether you are eligible for a VBAC depends on several factors. Our qualified medical team has years of experience in helping women have a vaginal birth after a cesarean. For this, our patients go through a careful evaluation process before we allow them a Trial Of Labour After Cesarean (TOLAC). Here are a few factors that will be considered:
- The reason for the previous cesarean
- The type of uterine incision
- The presence of any current medical conditions
- The baby’s gestational age and size.
In addition to the abovementioned factors, doctors at Giggles Hospital will carefully evaluate individual cases throughout their pregnancies to offer them a safe chance at VBAC.
Risks associated with VBAC
VBAC has fewer risks associated with it when compared to a major surgery like a C Section. However, like any medical procedure, some risks and complications may occur. A few of these include:
- Foetal distress
- The need for an emergency C-section
- Uterine rupture
Uterine ruptures may not be common, but it is one of the most life-threatening risks associated with VBAC, which is why our doctors cautiously evaluate every VBAC candidate before they go for a Trial of labour after cesarean (TOLAC). We also prudently monitor the mother and the baby during labour to ensure any risk is avoided and we get a safe delivery.
Advice for women who are considering VBAC
If you have a history of a C-section and want to try for a VBAC, here is what our doctors at best Women And Children Hospital in Vizag would advise you:
- We strongly recommend you have a discussion with our doctors about your options, concerns, and expectations for VBAC early in your pregnancy.
- Provide all the necessary information as asked by the doctor, including records of your previous C-section and any other uterine procedures. This allows our doctor to evaluate your chances for a successful VBAC.
- Religiously get yourself monitored throughout your pregnancy on a regular basis to keep a check on any sudden complications.
- Follow all the instructions your doctor provides.
- Our doctors at Best Women And Children Hospital in Kukatpally will try their best to let you have a safe VBAC experience. However, be prepared for any unplanned complications or change of plan. In the end, it is your safety and that of the baby that matters.