Feb. 20, 2023

VBAC2: Vaginal Delivery after two previous Cesarean Deliveries. Episode #118

VBAC2: Vaginal Delivery after two previous Cesarean Deliveries. Episode #118

How is VBAC2 different from VBAC?

VBAC stands for Vaginal Birth After Cesarean, which is a delivery method chosen by women who have previously had a c-section but want to deliver vaginally for their next birth. VBAC2, on the other hand, refers to the second or subsequent vaginal birth after a c-section.

VBAC and VBAC2 are two different terms that can be confusing for new parents. Women who have had a previous c-section may be wondering about their options for future deliveries. So, let's break down the difference between these two terms.

VBAC: Vaginal Birth After Cesarean, or VBAC, is a safe and successful option for many women who have previously delivered by c-section. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) states that women who have had one prior low transverse uterine incision are candidates for VBAC.

The success rate for VBAC is high, around 60-80%, and it has several benefits over repeat c-section, including a shorter recovery time, a reduced risk of surgical complications, and a lower risk of infections.

However, VBAC is not recommended for all women, as it carries a small risk of uterine rupture, which can be life-threatening for both mother and baby. Other factors, such as the reason for the previous c-section, may also play a role in determining whether VBAC is a safe option for a woman.

However, just like with VBAC, there are factors to consider when deciding whether VBAC2 is a safe option. Women who have had multiple c-sections or a previous uterine rupture may not be good candidates for VBAC or VBAC2, yet VBAC2 may still be safe and recommended or some women.

VBAC and VBAC2 are both viable options for women who have previously had a c-section and want to deliver vaginally in the future. VBAC is a safe option for most women with one or two prior low transverse uterine incisions.

It is important to discuss your options with your healthcare provider, who can help you make an informed decision based on your medical history and individual circumstances.

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