VBAC

Cynthia Flynn's picture
Experts: 

QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
Hi, I had a c-section with my first and to date (27 weeks) plan on having another with this pregnancy.

People keep giving me funny looks and saying things like "oh don't you want natural childbirth".

Honestly I don't but is it really better for the baby? Aren't the chances that I'll need a c-section higher?

ANSWER

It kind of depends on why you had the first cesarean. There is a difference depending on whether it was for breech, for instance, or whether you went into labor on your own without breaking your bag of water until late in labor, didn't have an epidural, but still couldn't get the baby out. I'd suggest you visit the www.ican-online.org web site and might also want to view the this YouTube video:

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I guess what I'm saying is that because this decision IS a big one, both for your health and for your baby's, and also for any future children you might have, you should educate yourself as much as possible before you make the decision. And then make sure you have a provider who truly supports your decision, no matter what it is.

-- Cynthia, CNM. PhD.