VBAC: What Is it?

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Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC) refers to the practice of delivering a baby vaginally after a previous baby has been delivered through caesarean section.

If you and your doctor agree to try a VBAC, you will have what is called a "trial of labor," meaning you plan to go into labor with the goal to deliver vaginally. It is difficult to know if a VBAC will work, you still may need a C-section.

The primary risk of a VBAC is that a C-section scar could tear open during labor, however this risk is low. Benefits of a VBAC include avoiding further scars on your uterus, shorter recovery, low risk of infection and less pain after delivery.

Learn more about Prenatal Care at AOL Health and more about parenting, babies and newborns at ParentDish.

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