Vaginal Birth After Cesarean Section (VBAC)
A patient who delivered via cesarean section in the past delivers vaginally after a trial of labor this is called a VBAC or vaginal birth after cesarean section. The vaginal delivery could be spontaneous, precipitous or assisted. The care provider will consider several factors to determine the appropriateness of a trial of labor for vaginal birth after cesarean section including the details of the cesarean section and any uterine surgeries.
The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology recommends any patient who has had a cesarean section in the past have a hospital birth. Complications that can arise during the trial of labor such as uterine rupture require immediate emergency care. Learn more about trial of labor and vaginal birth after cesarean section and talk with your care provider for more information.