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Is a VBAC safe?

If you have a baby, you will either have a vaginal birth or a cesarean section. While most women plan to have a vaginal birth, sometimes the situation requires a c-section. Once you have a c-section, you may not be able to give birth vaginally in subsequent births. However, in some cases, your doctor may suggest a vaginal birth after cesarean. The Mayo Clinic explains a VBAC can be a great option for mothers in Indiana because it comes with fewer risks than another c-section.

The downside is that if there are complications during your VBAC attempt, they could be very serious. The chances for a uterine rupture increase. You will have to rush into an emergency c-section where it is highly possible that you may need a hysterectomy. For this reason, your doctor will carefully screen you to ensure you are a good VBAC candidate.

There are a few things your doctor will consider. To begin with, if you are having more than one baby, this disqualifies you immediately. You also need to not have a situation where you may need labor induced. It helps if you have previously had a vaginal delivery prior to the c-section. In addition, it needs to be more than 18 months since your previous c-section. You should not have any issues with this pregnancy, such as baby in the wrong position or placenta issues. In your prior c-section, the cut needs to have been a low traverse incision. Also, you cannot have had more than two previous c-sections. Finally, you have to be willing to give birth in a hospital that has emergency surgery capabilities. This information is for education and is not legal advice.

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