Vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC)
If you’ve had a cesarean delivery, you are not alone.
Salem Health labor and delivery is equipped and ready to help women who are candidates for a VBAC be successful. For patients who meet our criteria, VBAC is an option designed to ensure
a safe trial of labor while attempting a vaginal birth.
Discuss the possibility with your health care provider and make an informed decision about the VBAC option.
The greatest concern for women who have had a previous cesarean is the risk of uterine rupture during a vaginal birth.
Some studies have documented increased rates of uterine rupture in women who have an induced labor. You should discuss the possible complications with your provider.
What criteria must I meet to be considered for a VBAC?
- You have had less than two cesarean deliveries.
- You have no additional uterine scars, anomalies or previous ruptures.
- Your provider must be prepared to monitor labor and perform or refer for a cesarean, if necessary.
What other criteria makes me a good candidate for a VBAC?
- The original reason for a cesarean delivery is not repeated with this pregnancy.
- You have no major medical conditions.
- The baby is a normal size.
- The baby is head-down.
- Prior vaginal delivery and/or prior successful VBAC.
In what situations is a VBAC not recommended?
- You are pregnant with twins.
- If you have had more than two prior cesarean deliveries.