Many women are faced with the issue of whether to try a vaginal birth after having an earlier baby by c-section. There is really no clear answer. While many doctors believe that it is safe to try a vaginal delivery after having a c-section (which it can be), there are also serious risks to mom and baby that must be factored in.
A C-Section is a surgical procedure and it leaves a scar on the uterus. During labor, the scar can open up and lead to a rupture of the uterus. This is a grave consequence and can lead to the a baby being deprived of oxygen. The mother also is put in danger.
It is important for all mothers to be aware of the risks and to ask the right questions of your doctor. These are 3 things to know:
- If you had an emergency c-section, your incision may be vertical and not a bikini cut. Vertical (up and down) incisions have more risk of rupture
- If you had a uterine rupture before, vaginal delivery after c-section is not advised
- Very large babies can increase the chance that a previous c-section scar will separate
You should also make sure the hospital is equipped to handle a uterine rupture should it occur because it is an emergency. While most VBACs are successful, we have had cases when they were not. The damage to the baby and to the mom can be devastating. Babies can have brain damage and cerebral palsy (“cp”) as a result. If this has happened to you or to a loved one, please call us at 1-800-299-HURT or email us at [email protected]. For your ease, we have contact forms on this page or any page on the site where you can give us information about your situation 24/7.