A Common Obstetrics Question:

Can I Deliver Vaginally After a C-Section Delivery?

Will I be required to have a cesarean section for all my future deliveries? You should talk with your family physician if you want to pursue a vaginal delivery after previously enduring a C-section. Your physician knows your situation best and can speak with you about your options.

The term used when describing this in the medical community is VBAC (pronounced V-Back). It stands for Vaginal Birth After Cesarean. On average, about 60 – 80% of women who have undergone C-sections and want to deliver vaginally are good candidates for VBAC.

If you and your doctor decide to attempt VBAC, you will actually do a trial of labor or a TOLAC. A Trial Of Labor After Cesarean is the attempt to have a vaginal birth after cesarean delivery. During your trial labor, a surgical team is put on stand-by just in case you need them.

Compared to a planned cesarean delivery, a successful TOLAC resulting in a VBAC has many benefits compared to delivering via another scheduled C-section.

VBAC Benefits

  • Avoid getting another scar on your uterus. The more scars you have on your uterus, the greater chance of problems with future pregnancies
  • Less pain after delivery
  • Fewer days in the hospital
  • Generally less recovery time
  • Lower risk of infection
  • You and your birthing partner can take a more active role in the birth of your child

Share your interest in having a VBAC with your doctor. Together you will make the decision that is best for you and your baby. If you do not currently have a primary care physician and are looking for a doctor who delivers babies at Richland Hospital, visit the Doctors Who Deliver page of our website.

Doctors Who Deliver at Richland Hospital

  • Dr. Janice Alexander
  • Dr. David May
  • Dr. Jennifer Myszkowski
  • Dr. Christine Richards
  • Dr. Jenna Sebranek
  • Dr. Jillian Scherer
  • Dr. Andrew Wright

Doctors Specially Trained to Perform C-Sections

  • Dr. Janice Alexander
  • General Surgeon Dr. Stephen Delventhal
  • Dr. Jillian Scherer
  • Dr. Andrew Wright