Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC) Information

Recently I’ve been contacted by several people interested in finding out more about having a VBAC homebirth, checking out their VBAC options in this area, and in general seeking more information. I thought some of you may be interested in the following links to articles on the Midwifery Today site.

Along those same lines, a midwife friend of mine just sent me this quote from a prominent midwifery textbook, which sheds some light on the commonly recognized risk in attempting a vagina birth after cesarean:

“Rupture of a low transverse uterine incision, if it occurs, is not generally catastrophic or life threatening to either the mother or the baby. Such a rupture is usually no more than a dehiscence of the old scar and an incidental finding during uterine exploration following a vaginal birth or during an elected repeat cesarean section. To be life threatening, rupture of a uterine scar either extends into the rich blood supply found in the uterine corpus and fundus or disrupts the placenta, which is normally located in the uterine fundus. Because of these possibilities, VBAC is not recommended for women with classical upper uterine segment vertical scars.”   (from Varney’s Midwifery, Helen Varney)

If any of you would have VBAC stories to share, I would love to hear them! It is always encouraging for those facing a new situation to hear from those who have successfully done it before.

Homebirth after Cesarean: The Myth and the Reality – by Amy V. Haas

VBAC and Choice: Many Questions and a Few Answers – by Nancy Wainer

One thought on “Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC) Information

  1. I had a c-section with my first child b/c she was breech. I had a VBAC with my 2nd child 14 months later with no problems. When I had my third child I had to sign a bunch of paperwork acknowledging the risks. It was a big decision to make and if I had not had a successful VBAC before this paperwork was required, I doubt I would have tried it. I ended up having my 4th VBAC also.

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