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VBAC: Vaginal Birth After C-section

VBAC allows women to have a vaginal delivery after a previous C-section
Why choose us for VBAC?
Why choose us for VBAC?
Expertise in high-risk pregnancy management
State-of-the-art Level III NICU
Critical care obs management
Safe birthing with a focus on normal birth

At the Department of Obstetrics, our team of internationally acknowledged experts place a special focus on normal birthing. Our care team, which is trusted by over 5000 happy mothers, has a high success rate of normal vaginal delivery. Their expertise combined with our state-of-the-art technology such as advanced fetal medicine centre make us adept to offer safe and trusted VBAC delivery. We partner with you in your birthing plan and offer comprehensive care for a smooth and memorable experience.

Our VBAC specialists
Our VBAC specialists

About VBAC
About VBAC

Vaginal birth after cesarean section is a technique that allows women with a history of C-section to experience a natural delivery. Earlier, it was commonly believed that a woman cannot opt for vaginal delivery after a C-section. However, VBAC has altered this belief with a safe approach for women. Only your obstetrician can help decide if you are eligible for this alternative.

How do I prepare for VBAC?

Your obstetrician will help your prepare for vaginal birth after C-section. Your healthcare provider will assess your medical history, current pregnancy conditions and overall well-being to determine if you are a candidate for VBAC. If you are eligible to opt for this birthing method, your doctor will tailor your care plan to suit your unique clinical needs and offer routine guidance and monitoring.

Who can have VBAC?

You might be a candidate for VBAC if you meet the following criteria:
  • You are expecting only one baby with a history of low transverse C-section
  • You are pregnant with twins with a history of low transverse C-section
  • You are pregnant with one baby but have a history of unknown uterine incision that would not cause complications
  • You have a history of at least one vaginal delivery
When is VBAC not advisable?

Vaginal birth after cesarean section is not advisable if:
  • You have had three or more previous C-sections
  • You have experienced a uterine rupture during a previous C-section
  • You have a high uterine incision during a previous C-section
  • You have a high-risk pregnancy with potential complications
  • You have had surgical interventions on your uterus, such as surgery for fibroids removal
  • You have had your previous delivery less than 18 months ago
  • Your labour does not start naturally or progresses slowly
  • You are overweight (with BMI more than 40 or higher)
What are the advantages of VBAC?

Vaginal birth after a cesarean section has several advantages, including:

Decreased risks for future pregnancies: VBAC has a positive impact on your future pregnancies. Complications such as placenta previa and the need for more C-sections is avoided with the help of VBAC. 

Less surgical complications: There is a reduced risk of surgical complications like bleeding, scarring, blood clotting and infections in deep vein thrombosis. Additionally, VBAC decreases the risk for abdominal injuries. 

Less recovery time: Mothers who opt for VBAC experience a speedy recovery and a shorter hospital stay compared to those who have a repeat C-section. 

Higher satisfaction of birth: It has been seen that most women experience a higher satisfaction in vaginal delivery than in C-section. Women also feel less abdominal pain after birth adding to their comfort.

What are the risks associated with VBAC?

There are a few risks and complications associated with vaginal birth after cesarean section. Common risks include:

Need for emergency C-section: Slow progression or stalled labour may be a risk factor and decrease the likelihood of VBAC. 

Scar rupture: If the scar from your previous C-section opens or ruptures, you may need urgent medical attention and an emergency C-section may be done to avoid life-threatening complications for you and your baby. 

What should I expect during VBAC?

If you choose to have VBAC, your birthing experience will be similar to a normal delivery. Your healthcare provider will continuously monitor your health while also being prepared for an emergency C-section

VBAC success stories
VBAC success stories

FAQs
FAQs

Your obstetrician will offer you personalised guidance to strengthen your uterus for VBAC. Some common tips include doing regular pelvic floor exercises, abdominal exercises and drinking plenty of water. 

 

VBAC stands for vaginal birth after cesarean section. It is a birthing technique for women to experience natural vaginal delivery after a history of C-section.

Yes, VBAC may be possible after two C-sections. However, only your healthcare provider will be able to determine your likelihood after calculating other factors.

More than 80% of women who opt for VBAC have a safe and successful experience.