Many women prefer to have a vaginal birth compared to a cesarean for various reasons. Most of those who have already delivered by C-section can still opt for a vaginal delivery with a later pregnancy, known as a vaginal birth after cesarean, or VBAC. The OBGYNs at Ko'olau Women's Healthcare have extensive experience with VBACs.
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Some simply prefer to try for a vaginal delivery rather than scheduling a C-section, but there are several other attractive factors to consider about a VBAC, such as:
Approximately 90% of women who previously had a C-section are candidates for a vaginal birth after a cesarean. The necessary characteristics of such patients include women who:
The other 10% of those who have undergone a cesarean delivery and are not ideal for a VBAC usually include women who:
Childbirth is not the same for everyone. Make sure that you speak with your OBGYN specialist about the possibility of having a VBAC so that they can tell you more about your individual conditions for success with this delivery method.