If you had a cesarean section at the time of your first pregnancy, a VBAC or a Vaginal Birth After Cesarean maybe an option for your second pregnancy. Read on to learn more.
- VBAC may be better for baby and the mother
As a baby moves down the birth canal, it picks up healthy bacteria and yeast that are found in the mother’s body. Medicine is discovering that this microflora may reduce the baby’s chances of developing obesity, allergies and diabetes in later life.
Mothers benefit from experiencing less pain after delivery. With quick recovery that characterises most normal deliveries, mothers are on their feet the same day and are able to breastfeed and take care of the newborn without pain.
- Most women can try for VBAC
According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, about 3 out of 4 women can try for a VBAC. Women trying for a VBAC should have had no more than 2 previous cesareans, the reason for the first cesarean should not be expected to recur, and there should be no other major medical complication.
- VBAC is safe
Sometimes women and their families don’t readily accept the idea of a VBAC. The fear is that the uterine scar from the previous cesarean will rupture and cause serious complications for the baby and the mother.
“In our hospital, more than 4 out of 5 women attempting a VBAC have a vaginal delivery without any complications. However, scar rupture can occur in about 1% of women. When this happens, an immediate cesarean is required. So it’s important that VBAC is attempted in a good set up where there is a 24-hour operating theatre” says Dr. Rinku Sengupta, a consultant obstetrician-gynecologist at Sitaram Bhartia Institute in Delhi.
Chandni’s experience of a VBAC
“I had a C-section the first time I delivered and I was in pain for 45 days after the surgery.” Chandni Verma recalls.
“This time I wanted to avoid it. Of course, I also wanted the best for my child. When Dr Rinku encouraged me to try for a VBAC, saying that my baby would benefit from the vaginal flora that it picks up as it moves along the birth canal, I jumped at the opportunity.”
“I am so glad I had a normal birth, and was able to start breastfeeding soon after – things that I had missed out on during my first pregnancy!” Chandni finished.
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