If you’ve had a previous caesarean, you might be feeling unsure about your birth options. There’s lots of myths and misinformation around vaginal birth after caesarean (also known as VBAC).
You might be sure that you want a VBAC this time, or anxious about the idea of it. You might feel that you don’t want to try a VBAC at all. If you’ve had a traumatic birth experience previously, it’s understandable that you might be feeling scared and anxious.
Whether a VBAC will be recommended will depend on lots of factors. Women have caesareans for all sorts of reasons – some of these are unlikely to recur in future pregnancies, while in others the team may think it’s safest for you to have another caesarean. The obstetric team will help you to understand the circumstances around your caesarean, why it was necessary, and whether your caesarean and any other issues will affect your birth options.
For example, if you had a caesarean because your baby was breech, it’s unlikely that you will need another caesarean. Women who’ve had one previous caesarean and are having a straightforward pregnancy have a 75% chance of a successful vaginal birth. If you had a vaginal birth before your caesarean, you have an even higher chance of success – about 80-90% of women in this situation are able to have a vaginal birth.
More information about your birth options.
There’s lots to think about when considering your options for your next birth. Your booking appointment is a good opportunity to discuss these issues. If you feel you need further information and support, your midwife can refer you to the Birth Choices clinic at University Hospitals Dorset, or to see an obstetrician if you are having your baby in Dorset County Hospital.