Can I Have a VBAC?

QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
Hi, my name is Janet. when I was pregnant with my first child I got induced due to that fact that I was past due date.

I was in labor for 24 hours and only dilated 6cm. I'm expecting my second child in June and will like to try VBAC.

Can I give birth vaginal if the problem I had was due to not being able to dilate?

ANSWER

I might be more hesitant if you had been in spontaneous labor on your own, but since you were induced, it might just have been that your body wasn't ready for labor, not that it couldn't dilate if it were doing the job itself at the right time.

You might benefit from reading everything you can on the ican-online.org web site, which is there to help women considering vbac.

Stay VERY healthy this pregnancy, gain the proper amount of weight, get good exercise, and you might just do it! You might also want to see this video

Good luck!

-- Cynthia, CNM. PhD.

Cynthia Flynn

Cynthia Flynn, CNM. PhD, is the General Director of the Family Health and Birth Center which provides prenatal, birth, postnatal, gynecological and primary health care to underserved women and their families in Washington, D.C. Recently Cynthia served as Associate Professor of Nursing at Seattle University. There she not only taught, but remained in full scope clinical midwifery practice at Valley Medical Center where she cared for pregnant and birthing women, and practices well-woman gynecology, family planning, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

Cynthia founded Columbia Women's Clinic and Birth Center, where she took care of pregnant women and infants up to two weeks of age and attended both birth center and hospital births. Before Cynthia earned her CNM, she worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery and postpartum and is a certified Doula and Doula trainer.