Vaginal Birth After Cesarean aka VBAC

In most situations it is considered safer for a mom to have a vaginal birth after cesarean. Generally the risks of a vaginal birth are lower than the risks of a cesarean, even if the mom had a previous cesarean. There are different risk factors that might make you a bad candidate for a VBAC. Talk with your doctor about your personal medical history and risk factors, ask plenty of questions, and talk about the risks and benefits.

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4Katie
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    02/26/14
    I had a VBAC and the concern is that a woman's previous c section cut can open or burst. A fast labor increases this risk. I went into labor quickly and within 2 hours was dialated 8. So they slowed me down to give my body and muscles in innards a chance to adjust.
    I feel luck to have experienced both. However in hind sight I can't say that one was easier than the other for recovery. For me anyway.
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    02/26/14
    I was 36 and I had scheduled a c section. I wanted one since I had had one and knew what to expect and I was scared of a VBAC. My doctor really wanted me to try and when I went into labor on my own we just went with it. I was closely monitored though for any issues.
    I have friends whose doctors just flat out refused to do a VBAC so yes, I too feel its really a doctor or hospital thing.
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    02/26/14
    4Katie
    Some doctors/hospital malpractice insurance will not allow them to perform VBACs. If they perform VBACs they will lose their liability insurance. Surprisingly being told you can not have a VBAC often has nothing to do with your personal health.
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