If you had a previous C-section birth, it is natural to assume that all subsequent pregnancies will also end up in a C-section. You may be oblivious to the possibility of experiencing a natural birth the next time. You might be afraid of uterus rupture and further harm to yourself. The scars from your surgery may have been more emotional than physical. But what if we tell you that you can put all these apprehensions at rest? You don’t have to undergo a C-section every time you give birth. Any kind of harm to your uterus is rare, traceable, and preventable. You can hope, plan, and work towards experiencing – a normal, physiological birth.
‘Vaginal Birth After Cesarean Section’, also known as VBAC, brings much hope for mothers. Simply put, it means giving birth through your vagina after previously having undergone a cesarean section.
Ten aspects of a successful VBAC
A successful VBAC is usually associated with fewer complications than a repeat C-section. Doctors and midwives will help you prepare and opt for it based on your health and pregnancy. While you can’t control every element of it, here are ten aspects you can focus on to increase your chances of having a successful VBAC:
- Work towards a healthy lifestyle even before you plan your pregnancy.
- Attend a pre-pregnancy counselling session with your doctor and midwife.
- Make sure you do not have any nutritional deficiencies or severe medical issues when planning a pregnancy.
- Eat right and stay active throughout the pregnancy.
- If you are anaemic, diabetic, or if you develop hypertension, work with your doctor and midwife collaboratively on resolving these health issues during pregnancy.
- Talk to your doctor or midwife and provide details about your previous birth.
- Identify your VBAC eligibility and seek the best possible support from your doctor or midwife.
- Stay in regular touch with your care provider once you prepare for a VBAC.
- Choose a facility that is well equipped to run a dedicated clinic for women considering a VBAC.
- Ensure your doctor or midwife continuously monitors your baby’s heart rate.
Benefits of a VBAC
Studies show that vaginal births after Caesarean sections have a success rate of 60 to 80 per cent. VBAC helps you avoid risks associated with multiple C-Sections. The benefits of VBAC also include:
- Less blood loss and a reduced chance of infection.
- Shorter hospital stay.
- Quicker return to daily activities.
When you undergo a C-section, it’s not just a cut through your belly. There’s a surgical cut going through your uterus as well. The obstetrician will lift your baby out of these deep incisions. Unlike this elaborate clinical process, a natural, vaginal birth involves no surgery. Therefore, you avoid the possible complications of surgery.
The best part about a VBAC is that it’s also great for your baby. Birthing through the birth canal results in your baby receiving natural microbiomes; your baby also benefits in other ways such as:
- Immediate skin-to-skin contact.
- Better maternal-infant bonding and early initiation of breastfeeding.
- Successful lactation influencing cognitive development.
- Better immunity against diseases.
Stay flexible and continue discussing the risks and benefits of VBAC throughout your pregnancy. Your actual birth experience will never be entirely in sync with what you planned or expected. But prepare for what you desire and let your doctor or midwife hold your hand through it all.
Call our dedicated VBAC Clinic numbers to book an appointment
- Hyderguda: 79956 66 114
- Bogulkunta: 79956 66 003
- Banjara Hills (Stork Home): 83740 06 868