It is a common notion that once a woman undergoes a Cesarean section, subsequent deliveries will have to be done by C-section too. This is not true and vaginal birth after cesarean is a very normal occurrence.
There are good chances that a woman can have normal vaginal delivery after a cesarean. However, this needs to be planned and the doctor and the mother would need to be prepared for it. There is also a good chance that the vaginal delivery may eventually be converted to a Cesarean, and so the doctor should be prepared for it too, parallely. This is known as TOLAC (trial of labor after Cesarean). The doctor will attempt for a vaginal delivery, but if it does not succeed, then Cesarean will be undertaken. This is an extremely safe procedure, though chances of success vary from one person to the other.
If you are keen on a vaginal delivery after a C-section, talk to your doctor to understand the risks and what to expect, both before, during, and after VBAC.
Risks of TOLAC/VBAC:
The trend for most doctors is to advise for a Cesarean section, if the previous delivery was through Cesarean. However, this need not be the case. Mothers are advised to look for hospitals, which have a low rate of C-sections and encourage vaginal delivery. The success rate of VBAC is about 60% to 80%, and should be encouraged. It is completely safe and preferable to have vaginal delivery, unless totally contraindicated. A prior cesarean alone should not be the reason to opt for a C-section. Have a detailed discussion with the doctor and go for a TOLAC. If it does not succeed, for whatever reasons, it can always be converted to a Cesarean section.
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