What are my chances of giving birth vaginally after having a c-section? As long as you're an appropriate candidate for a vaginal birth after a cesarean, also known as a VBAC, there's a good chance you'll succeed. Of course, your chances of success are higher if the reason for your previous c-section isn't likely to be an issue this time around. If you’re pregnant again and your last baby arrived via cesarean section, you may wonder if a vaginal birth could be an option for you this time around. A vaginal birth after C-section (VBAC) is possible for many women, but there are factors to help you and your doctor decide if it’s right for you.
Vaginal birth after caesarean (VBAC) Nowadays, women who’ve given birth by caesarean section usually have the option to deliver their next baby vaginally. However, if your doctor believes that there are medical concerns or risks with a VBAC, they are likely to recommend an elective caesarean. Statistically, the highest rate of VBAC involves women who have experienced both vaginal and cesarean births and given the choice, have decided to deliver vaginally. In most published studies, 60-80%–roughly 3 to 4 out of 5–women who have previously undergone cesarean birth can successfully give birth vaginally.
“Vaginal Birth After Cesarean Delivery,” issued by ACOG in December 2017, is a list of questions and answers to guide a woman’s decision to attempt a vaginal birth after cesarean delivery. It explains VBAC and TOLAC, risks and benefits, factors in choosing a delivery procedure, and how to prepare for possible changes in the delivery plan.