Vaginal birth after caesarean section
Advantages and disadvantages
If you have already had a baby by Caesarean section, do not consider a vaginal birth to the next child. Many women give birth to a vaginal child after giving birth by Caesarean section. But besides the benefits of vaginal birth after cesarean section, there are risks that you must be aware of. Read about them and then talk to your obstetrician.
Who can give birth after Caesarean section?
Of the women who try to give birth after a caesarean section, only 60-80% succeed. The rest ends by doing everything Caesarean. If you are healthy and there are no risk factors, then a vaginal birth after cesarean section (NVDC) is possible if your obstetrician also agrees.
There are several reasons why you want to try NVDC. Some women will simply experience vaginal birth. There are also medical reasons why this variant attracts women:
The main risk factor is the possibility of uterine rupture. Uterine rupture can threaten the life of both the mother and the baby. The probability of a uterine rupture is low, but because it is a serious situation, your risk should be carefully evaluated by your doctor. Experts say that the risk of uterine rupture increases especially if you have to induce labor.
The risk is different depending on your previous births, the duration of labor and other factors that your doctor will find after deciding whether or not you are a good candidate for NVDC.
It seems that the risk of infection for the mother and child is higher in cases where a vaginal birth after Caesarean section is attempted followed by another Caesarean section.
If you still opt for this option, the maternity ward must be equipped for emergency caesarean section in cases where it is needed.
Is NVDC a good option for me?
You need to consider several aspects to see if you are a good candidate for NVDC or not. Your doctor will tell you if it is too risky after analyzing:
Most of these risk factors can be identified before birth. So you can discuss your options in detail with your doctor.
How to proceed?
Only you can decide this with your doctor. You need to consider the advantages and disadvantages and take into account the advice of the doctor.
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