Would you rather attempt a vaginal birth after a cesarean (VBAC) or schedule another cesarean section if you’ve already had a C-section done previously? Don’t come to a decision until after you’ve assessed the dangers and benefits of each. Of course, you should also consult with your healthcare provider to get a deeper understanding of what both procedures entail. Here are some factors you need to consider before making your decision.

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Why Consider VBAC?

The safest delivery method for both mother and child is vaginal birth. According to the American Pregnancy Association, there is a 60% success rate for safe vaginal births after cesarean. VBAC is a good option as it involves no surgery. There are no surgical-related complications like placenta previa, infections, blood loss, and injury to nearby organs, among many other dangers.

A vaginal delivery compared to a cesarean section could also mean a shorter hospital stay and a faster return to normal daily activities. The pain experienced during recovery after a vaginal birth is much less than that of a C-section. You might even be able to manage the pain without any medication. Also, any stitches should heal within a week or so.

This option is also ideal if you want a large family. Vaginal delivery can also help women with breastfeeding and bonding.

Why Consider a C-Section?

The goal of any birth delivery is to ensure the safety and health of both you and your baby. Certain cases and conditions will require you to undergo a C-section. If you have had a previous uterine surgery like fibroid removal or undergone multiple cesareans, it is best to undertake a C-section as a uterine rupture leads to major blood loss.

If you also undergo difficult or slow labor, a condition known as labor dystocia, you should opt for a C-section. Certain conditions such as obesity and high blood pressure can also make a C-section the right choice.

A C-section could also make delivery easier if you have a large fetus or multiple fetuses. The procedure can also help lower the risk of pelvic floor disorders. The pain of delivery is also minimal as the C-section happens under anesthesia.

Both VBAC and C-sections are safe procedures as long as they are carried out in a hospital equipped with the necessary staff and resources. Apart from following your doctor’s advice, gather as much evidence-based knowledge to decide on the best choice for you.

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This blog post was originally published on WFMCHealth.org