Choosing Between Vaginal Birth After C-Section or Repeat C-Section


What factors may increase my chance of a vaginal birth after C-section (VBAC)?

What factors may decrease my chance of a VBAC?

What are some benefits of a vaginal delivery?

What are some risks of a VBAC? The delivery may not go as planned and you may need another C-section. You may bleed more than expected. Blood loss can be dangerous for you and your baby. You may need a hysterectomy.

What are some benefits of a C-section?

What are some risks of a C-section? You may bleed more than expected or get an infection. Your organs, such as your bladder or intestine, may be damaged. Your risk for placenta previa is increased if you have had more than 1 C-section. Placenta previa is a condition that causes your placenta to cover your cervix. This can cause bleeding and lead to problems with your unborn baby. You may get a blood clot in your leg. This may become life-threatening.


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