What are the benefits of having a VBAC?

I found a good article on Babycenter.com and I wanted to post a few excerpts here on my blog. I’ve had several people ask me (in various ways) “Why don’t you just have a repeat c-section?” This is the answer to that question. Basically the benefits (for mom AND baby) outweigh the risks. Read this short article:

A successful VBAC allows you to avoid major abdominal surgery and the risks associated with it — including a higher risk of excessive bleeding, which can lead to a blood transfusion or even a hysterectomy in rare cases, as well as a higher risk of developing certain infections. A c-section requires a longer hospital stay than a vaginal birth, and your recovery is generally slower and more uncomfortable.

If you plan to have more children, you should know that every c-section you have increases your risk in future pregnancies of placenta previa and placenta accreta, in which the placenta implants too deeply and doesn’t separate properly at delivery. These conditions can result in life-threatening bleeding and hysterectomy. And a recent large study found that the risk of some other delivery complications also rises with each c-section.

Finally, if you were disappointed about having a previous c-section, you may feel a tremendous sense of pride and accomplishment at being able to deliver vaginally this time around.


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