I have always been weary of having a c-section. The idea that after carrying a baby for 9+ months, then having major surgery, immediately followed by taking care of a newborn, just seems so tiring and painful to me. I am thankful that I have been able to avoid the need for a c-section myself, but also recognize that in some cases a c-section is definitely needed.
It used to be recommended that once you’ve had a c-section delivery, your subsequent deliveries should also be c-sections due to the risk of a uterine rupture. That’s not the automatic recommendation anymore though. According to Giving Birth with Confidence, your chances of having a vaginal birth after c-section (VBAC) has an average success rate of 74%, which is great news for those who wish to avoid a repeat c-section.
There is a lot more understanding now on the actual risks of a uterine rupture during a VBAC. The rate is thought to be only occur in less than 1% of births. Your chances of avoiding another c-section and having a successful VBAC can go even higher by following a few tips.
Please keep in mind that these are just suggestions and you should always consult with your doctor about your birth plan and what the best course of action is for your body.
Click through to read 8 tips that could help you better your chances of a successful VBAC:
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