posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
5745 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

@Ninteenthchance:  I had a success vbac last April. Was a planned hbac that transported non-emergent to be a hospital vbac. I chose an hbac b/c for us the risks associated with it were still less than the risks associated with erc… if I needed a rc I was okay with that, but signing up for those risks if they could be avoided was not something that I wanted to do

You can read my birthstory here.

For accurate info regarding vbacs you can check out:




vbac facts community fb group

your local ICAN chapter will also be a great resource for vbac vs. erc stats AND finding a supportive provider!

And here’s a great info-graphic that shows the common risks associated with vbac vs erc & how they increases/decsrease with subsequent pregnancies (since it’s est that almost half of children are a result of unplanned pregnancies it’s always wise to consider how this birth may affect future births)

This graphic is from the ICAN “After a Cesarean” brochure…. here’s what it says in the brochure along with the cites:

“All VBAC statistics for this to hire are taken from the Mercer & Gilbert study which includes induced and augmented labors. Additional studies have shown lower uterine rupture rates (especially with spontaneous labors) and higher VBAC rates.”

Three studies are cited:
1) Mercer, B. M. & Gilbert, S. et al. “Labor outcomes with increasing number of prior vaginal births after cesarean delivery.”

2) Silver, R. M. & Landon, M. B. et al “Maternal morbidity associated with multiple repeat cesarean deliveries.”

3) Nisenblat, V., Baraj, S. & Griness, O. B. et al. “Maternal complications associated with multiple cesarean deliveries.”

Whatever you decide be as informed as you can be & be sure you have a supportive provider that’s willing to look at & consider all the evidence surrounding your specific history & pregnancy. 🙂


Post # 4
1719 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

There are actually such things as a VBAC calculator which can give you your personal estimated successful VBAC %age.  I think a lot of it has to do with you personally and how long it has been since your first c-section.  I could be wrong, but I think if you are giving birth less than a year later they will not let you attempt a vbac, but 2 years + between deliveries is just fine. Of course you should talk to your OBGYN to see if you are a good candidate, and if he/she says no, then get a 2nd opinion(from someone supportive of VBACs), just to make sure!

Post # 6
931 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

My SIL’s VBAC got got her a helicopter ride and an emergency surgery. Her sister’s gave her a son a few of months in the ICU with potential brian damage. (both kids and mom’s are now okay, but there was a lot of scariness along the way)


Due to that, I don’t think it is worth it.  


Post # 7
5745 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

@Ninteenthchance:  Definitely! Also acog’s recommendation is 18 months between deliveries so you’re good on time (some providers are fine with as little as 12 mths) and your provider will just need to review your operative report…. some will only allow vbacs if you have a double sutured uterine scar while others are fine with a single layer (it’s a highly debatable topic in the vbac world) and while the recommendation is that you have a low tranverse uterine scar there ARE lots of moms that have had successful vbacs with “special scars” (interverted t, classical, etc).

I did look into the vbac calculator, but really there is SO much that goes into & affects the outcomes of a labor which I don’t think the calculator accounts for. Ie. it asks how far you dilated BUT if you were induced then not dilating when baby wasn’t ready is actually your body doing exactly what it was supposed to do, not “failing”.

Just know all you can, and if your provider isn’t supportive that doesn’t necessarily mean you aren’t a good candidate or can’t have a successful vbac… there are LOTS of reasons providers tell moms they can’t vbac & many times it isn’t based primarily on the evidence, but inconvenience, liability, or because they just don’t want to. Let your provider give you their take & see how it lines up with the evidence… ie. providers have told their moms inquiring about vbacs that the rupture rate is 10+% & that if they do rupture there is a 50/50 mortality rate (both of those are not supported by the evidence). :/

Goodluck & feel free to message me anytime. 🙂

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