Natural Births for Mothers Who’ve Had a C-section

Women who have had a C-section during a previous pregnancy may still have the opportunity to have a vaginal birth (VBAC). Many moms would like to have a natural delivery as vaginal births require shorter recovery times, may help lessen your risks during future deliveries, involve less blood loss, and lower risk of infection.

About 90% of women who have had a C-section in the past are still candidates for a vaginal delivery, and up to 80% of women who attempt a VBAC are successful. 

Women may not be able to have a VBAC if they:

  • Have high vertical scars (the C-section incision was made going down the belly, not across)
  • Want to induce labor
  • Have a large or breech baby
  • Have had a previous uterine rupture

The preparation for a VBAC is the same as the preparation for a regular vaginal delivery, and you can still have an epidural.

Women who have a successful vaginal birth after having had a C-section in the past will have about the same recovery experience as with a regular vaginal birth. However, your overall healing time will likely be much shorter than recovering from a C-section.

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We understand that you have options when choosing a doctor and hospital for your pregnancy journey, so we’d love to show you around our birth center and answer any of your questions. Together, we can help you figure out if we’re the right fit.

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