I learnt a new acronym today: VBAC (vee-back), which stands for Vaginal Birth After Caesarean. And yes, it is possible.
According to new research, the largest ever study on VBACs in England, has revealed that 63 per cent of women who attempt a natural delivery after having a C-section the first time around, are successful.
The research findings, published in “BJOG: International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology” also reveal that half of women (52 per cent) who qualify for a VBAC (qualifying factors being an uncomplicated caesarean and a healthy pregnancy the second time) will try a natural delivery. VBACs were shown to be more successful if women were younger – women aged over 34 had a 10 per cent lower success rate than women aged 24 or younger.
So the point is, if you’re thinking about a VBAC it definitely is both possible and quite common!
Nct.org.uk has some really good information and advice for women who would like to know about the VBAC scenario, including the risks, assessment factors and likely support. It seems that your obstetrician and/or midwife will assess your unique pregnancy situation (taking into your first pregnancy too) and make a call on whether it is both possible and safe to deliver naturally.
If you are considering a VBAC, it also might be a good idea to talk to any of your mummy pals (or see if they know anyone) who has been through one. One of my friends had a Caesar the first time and a successful natural delivery (home birth) the second time. And she was really pleased with how things went, which (I think) is encouraging for anyone else who would like to try.
Source: Motherandbaby.co.uk – “Most Natural Births After C-Sections Are Successful”