Am I a good candidate for a Vaginal Birth After Caesarean (VBAC)?

I delivered my first child vaginally, but immediately following his birth I hemorraged severely due to the fact that my baby was so large that my uterus became distended and would not contract. I received 2 blood transfusions and they had to pack my uterus to stop the bleeding.

My second child was delivered by emergency c-section.

Would it be dangerous to attempt a vaginal birth for my third child? (i'm not pregnant yet, just thinking ahead)


Asked by fallenleaves at 10:52 AM on Jul. 17, 2008 in Pregnancy

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  • In My Opinion, I think it would be dangerous. Why take the chance!

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:54 AM on Jul. 17, 2008

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  • I just want to add something that I left out. The emergency c-section didn't have anything to do with the complications I had following the birth of my first child.

    Answer by fallenleaves at 11:02 AM on Jul. 17, 2008

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  • I think your best bet would be to talk to the doctor. Let them know you're planning for a third and you're curious about the delivery possibilities.

    Answer by ReneeK3 at 11:04 AM on Jul. 17, 2008

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  • I honestly don't know, but there are a lot of women with good information in the VBAC Moms group:

    Answer by sioleabha at 1:34 PM on Jul. 17, 2008

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  • Talk with your doctor. I have always been told that if you wait 2 or more years to get pregnant after your c-section that it is more likely to delivery vaginally. If you really want to delivery VBAC definately consult your physician...and if they are not supportive, try to find one that is. In the event that it cannot happen when you are in labor they can always do the c-section. I hope that you get the information that you need/want.

    Answer by TeaAndrews at 3:05 PM on Jul. 17, 2008

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  • It depends on what kind of incision you have on your uterus. When I delivered by emergency c-section, they gave me a classical vertical cut. I will never be able to deliver vaginally or go full term with any future pregnancies. The incision area is just too weak which can lead to a ruptured uterus.

    Answer by lovinmystar at 3:39 PM on Jul. 17, 2008

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  • If you have a low bikini incision and the complications that made you have the section wont affect your delivery then you should be able to.I had my DD by section because she was breech and I'm 14 weeks pregnant with #2 and going to do a VBAC.

    Answer by s_newton86 at 6:41 PM on Jul. 18, 2008

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  • I would say talk to your ob. I know it depends alot on previous complications and also what kind of incision you have. You have to have a horizontal incision but the thing is you can't tell what kind of incision you have on your uterus unless you ask. It doesn't matter what you see on the outside because they will usually cut across the skin so you can hide the scar but the incision on your uterus can still be vertical. so find that out also. I also recomend making sure your ob has experience with this kind of birth and the complications should any arise and that the hospital is equiped to handle such complications. Should you have them minutes count! I had an attempted vbac that ended in another section but I am not sorry I tried. I am glad for the chance to have delivered naturally.

    Answer by londonmommyof2 at 3:00 AM on May. 15, 2009

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