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FAQs

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  • What is a VBAC?

    VBAC stands for Vaginal Birth After Caesarean. Many women who have had a previous caesarean birth or repeat caesareans have a desire to birth vaginally hence they actively attempt a VBAC for their next birth.

  • How do you strengthen your uterus for a VBAC?

    This is dependent on your past birth experiences, whether you have had repeat caesareans and how long you’ve had between pregnancies. It’s best to chat with your care provider about their policies for labour and birth and how they can increase your chances of safely achieving a successful VBAC.

  • Is VBAC high risk?

    Many hospitals do consider VBACs as high risk but again, this is dependent on hospital policy and your past birth experiences including how many c-sections you’ve had. In labour and delivery you can expect regular or continuous monitoring. There are more birth centres supporting VBAC which is encouraging for women who want a birth experience supported by midwives in a homelike setting.

  • How common are VBACs?

    For women who have had a previous caesarean, most will opt for a planned c-section for their next birth. However, an increasing number of hospitals and birth centres are supporting women who attempt a VBAC and the success rates are encouraging.

  • Are VBACs safe?

    Yes, they are a safe birthing option. However, it’s important to be mindful of the risks which include uterine rupture. This is rare and with the right support and care, a successful VBAC is a safe and achievable birthing option.