Am I Eligible for Vaginal Birth if I Had a C-Section for My Last Pregnancy?

Vaginal Birth A cesarean birth, also known as a C-section, is an alternative to a vaginal birth in which a baby is delivered through surgical incisions in the abdomen and uterus. Women may have a C-section for several different reasons, such as if the baby’s heart rate is abnormal, it is in an abnormal position, or there are problems with the umbilical cord. If you have had to have a C-section in the past, you may be wondering if you are eligible for vaginal birth after a cesarean section (VBAC). Keep reading to learn more about VBAC and discover if you are a candidate for this option.

Why Might a Mother Opt for VBAC?

There are many reasons why a mother may want to experience VBAC, one of the major factors being that having multiple C-sections can pose some health risks. While there is no exact number of c-sections a mother is “allowed” to have, the risks increase with each individual procedure. Cesarean births can increase the risk of issues with the placenta, complications due to increased scar tissue, and complications related to incisions.

Another common reason women may choose VBAC is because they want to experience vaginal birth. Not to mention, vaginal birth comes with fewer risks as it does not involve a procedure, reduces downtime following childbirth, and has a shorter recovery time.

Am I Eligible for VBAC?

Eligibility for VBAC depends on multiple factors, including:

  • If you have had a uterine rupture in the past. Those who have had uterine ruptures in the past are not eligible for VBAC.
  • If you have had other procedures on your uterus. Previous procedures on the uterus can increase the risk of a uterine rupture and, therefore, make you ineligible for VBAC.
  • If you have had a successful vaginal birth in the past. Successful vaginal births in the past increase the chances of a successful VBAC.
  • If you have had previous c-sections in the past, and if so, how many? Having two or fewer c-sections in the past may allow you to be eligible for VBAC.
  • The last time you gave birth. If you have given birth in the last 18 months, you may not be eligible for VBAC.
  • If your pregnancy is high-risk. High-risk pregnancies are not eligible for VBAC.

Discuss Your Eligibility With Your Obstetrician

To determine if you are eligible for VBAC, it’s important to consult with an obstetrician to discuss your medical history and current pregnancy. Contact Craig Ranch OB/GYN in McKinney, TX, at 214-544-6600 today.

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