Would you rather attempt a vaginal birth after a cesarean (VBAC) or schedule another cesarean section if you’ve already had a C-section done previously? Don’t come to a decision until after you’ve assessed the dangers and benefits of each. Of course, you should also consult with your healthcare provider to get a deeper understanding of what both procedures entail. Here are some factors you need to consider before making your decision.
Why Consider VBAC?
The safest delivery method for both mother and child is vaginal birth. According to the American Pregnancy Association, there is a 60% success rate for safe vaginal births after cesarean. VBAC is a good option as it involves no surgery. There are no surgical-related complications like placenta previa, infections, blood loss, and injury to nearby organs, among many other dangers.
A vaginal delivery compared to a cesarean section could also mean a shorter hospital stay and a faster return to normal daily activities. The pain experienced during recovery after a vaginal birth is much less than that of a C-section. You might even be able to manage the pain without any medication. Also, any stitches should heal within a week or so.
This option is also ideal if you want a large family. Vaginal delivery can also help women with breastfeeding and bonding.
Why Consider a C-Section?
The goal of any birth delivery is to ensure the safety and health of both you and your baby. Certain cases and conditions will require you to undergo a C-section. If you have had a previous uterine surgery like fibroid removal or undergone multiple cesareans, it is best to undertake a C-section as a uterine rupture leads to major blood loss.
If you also undergo difficult or slow labor, a condition known as labor dystocia, you should opt for a C-section. Certain conditions such as obesity and high blood pressure can also make a C-section the right choice.
A C-section could also make delivery easier if you have a large fetus or multiple fetuses. The procedure can also help lower the risk of pelvic floor disorders. The pain of delivery is also minimal as the C-section happens under anesthesia.
Both VBAC and C-sections are safe procedures as long as they are carried out in a hospital equipped with the necessary staff and resources. Apart from following your doctor’s advice, gather as much evidence-based knowledge to decide on the best choice for you.