Will I Be a Candidate for a VBAC Delivery? #Throwback

I don’t even know if I’m pregnant at this point since I’m still in the two week wait.  But even while I wait, I can’t help but think ahead.  And I can’t help but think it terms of having a positive pregnancy test.  While I wait, I think ahead.  One thing that I ponder is having a VBAC delivery.  Do I even want a VBAC delivery?

A VBAC delivery is “vaginal birth after cesarean.”  It means just what it sounds like it means: trying to have a vaginal birth after having a previous cesarean.  Norton was born through cesarean.  I don’t have any regrets about that; it’s what was best for Norton.

But looking back, it was pretty uncomfortable recovering from my c-section.  And if I’m pregnant, Norton will be right around his second birthday when his potential sibling is born.  I can’t imagine trying to chase after an active and busy two year old while trying to recover from surgery.

And cesarean births are definitely major surgery.Will I Be a Canidate for VBAC Delivery? (Cloth Diaper Addicts) #pregnancy #VBAC

But what about the risks?  Of course, being me, I have to think about the VBAC risks.  There’s risk of uterine rupture.  Some hospitals won’t do VBACs because of the ACOG’s conclusions about needing to have an operating room ready to go and waiting.  But the ACOG stands for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.  And I’m not in the United States.  My hospital is a teaching hospital, though, so maybe they’ll allow it as a teaching tool or something.

Not only that, but I can’t have any sort of induction for a VBAC delivery.  I’ve never had a baby without some sort of induction.  With Andy, I went into labor and was having huge contractions on the monitor that I couldn’t feel… but I wasn’t progressing, so they gave me a pitocin induction to “speed it up.”  That’s not an option in a VBAC delivery because it makes the contractions stronger and increases risk of uterine rupture.

I’m just not sure about the logistics either way.  I’m afraid of trying labor again; Andy’s was particularly difficult and traumatic thanks to the pitocin.  And I’m afraid of trying to recover from a c-section with a two year old and a newborn to care for.  The husband will take some time off, but he won’t be able to take off six weeks.

Did you have a VBAC?  How did it work out for you?

Originally written on July 15, 2011 for What to ExpectThat VBAC delivery attempt didn’t work out: Eudora was born by cesarean due to fetal tachycardia.  She came exactly eight days after Norton’s second birthday.

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About Suzi

Suzi is an American ex-pat living in British Columbia. She's a cloth diaper addict, wife, mom of three, and President of the Prince George chapter of Cloth for a Cause.


  1. Michelle Ferguson says:

    I have not had a VBAC but know two women who have! They really wanted it though and I know one of them went through a really long labor to have a VBAC. I think whatever you decide it should definitely be something you are completely comfortable with, really want to do, and are completely prepared for. Good luck!

  2. Melanie S. says:

    It’s a tough decision for any woman to make. The important thing is to make sure you are well educated on the subject so you can make the best choice for your situation.

  3. Like most things, you need to do what you feel is right for you (gut instinct) without any scare tactics from doctors, family, or friends. My first baby was born via c-section after 38 hours of labor (26 of which I had pitocin, 12 of them with a failed epidural, interventions galore). I ended up with PTSD from the birth. Second was an attempted VBAC that went into 37hours of labor & 9 hours of pushing…I tired out and asked for another c-section. Surprise! Baby 3 came earlier than anticipated. I prayed, begged, fought, and was convinced I needed to try another VBAC. After 10 intense hours, an epidural, and 90 minutes of pushing I birthed my largest baby yet at 9lbs 9oz and almost 22″. It was amazing and perfect for us. Extremely healing after having felt “broken” from the first 2 births. Hope that helps. My VBA2C changed my life and have me a lot of confidence back.

  4. Kareen Liez says:

    I don’t know much about VBAC but reading this provided information for me. From what I learned from my OB, once you had a c-section, you can no longer do a vaginal delivery. But I guess it also depends on the mother if you are capable of doing such in terms of your health condition and all.

    • Oh, no, that’s far from true. More and more women are having a VBAC after their c-section is done and over with. It depends a lot on how the uterus was cut for the c-section.

  5. I know a friend who had a VBAC: it’s getting to be much more common. If your doctor isn’t willing to discuss a VBAC option then it’s time to switch doctors.

  6. For my first birth, I had a home birth that went wonderfully. I would also try for a VBAC if I ever needed a c-section.

  7. Mindy May Farmer says:

    There are always so many tough questions and decisions when it comes to birth. I think it’s so important to have a partner and a trusted doctor/midwife you can talk things through with. I also think that remaining flexible about your “plan” or “ideal” birth is also so essential. It seems like some of the biggest heartache comes from situation where women/couples had this vision of how their birth would go and they weren’t willing to reassess the situation, take in new information, trust their physician, etc.

  8. I am so grateful that I was able to birth all 3 of my children vaginally. My first was a challenge, he had to be forceps delivered but my second and third were unassisted and fairly easy. I have had friends who have ended up with emergency c-sections with their first. A few of them have opted for c-sections for their following children but one of my friends just had a successful VBAC. She was so happy to have been able to experience it.

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