Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC) is a viable option

The physicians at Golden Gate are pleased to support your choice to attempt a vaginal birth after Cesarean Section under certain circumstances. It is your choice to have a repeat C-section if you are not interested in VBAC, and you and your doctor will discuss the pros and cons of VBAC in your particular situation. There are some facts that you should know:

  • 70% of women who attempt VBAC are successful
  • Successful VBAC has a lower rate of complications than repeat C-section
  • You will most likely have a shorter hospital stay and easier recovery after a successful VBAC
  • Your baby will be less likely to have breathing problems after a vaginal delivery than after a C-section
  • If you try a VBAC and end up with a C-section you are at greater risk for problems than starting with a repeat C-section.
  • The risk of tearing open your old scar during a VBAC is 1 in 130 attempts
  • The risk of serious injury as a result of rupture of the uterus is significant for the mother
  • Serious risks to the baby as a result of rupture is about 1 in 2000 VBAC attempts

We cannot induce labor for you if you have had a previous C-section and there are certain circumstances where it is not clear until closer to your due date whether the best choice for you is repeat C-section or VBAC. If you have had a cesarean delivery and you are interested in the option of a vaginal birth, it is definitely worth reviewing.


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