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Most Natural Births After C-sections Are Successful

Almost two-thirds of women who attempt a natural delivery after a c-section are successful, according to a UK study

Over 63 per cent of women who attempt a natural delivery after having a caesarean section (also known as VBAC) for their first birth have a successful vaginal delivery, according to a new study published today in BJOG: International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

The largest ever study on VBACs in England, which looked at 143,970 women, also found just over half of pregnant women (52 per cent) attempt a vaginal birth after caesarean section (VBAC) for their second baby.

Every year in England, 50,000 women who’ve had a previous c-section face the decision whether over to give birth naturally. Decisions around whether to have another caesarean or a VBAC include factors such as, if you’ve had a vaginal birth before your c-section, what type of uterine incision was used and how long ago you last gave birth.

Current UK guidelines say pregnant women who've had a first c-section should be given the option of a VBAC for their next baby or an elective c-section as long as they are have an uncomplicated healthy second pregnancy. Complications would mean you're recommended to have another c-section.

 ‘The majority of women with an uncomplicated first caesarean section are candidates for attempting VBAC, but data reveals only half of these women choose the option,’ says Hannah Knight, from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
However, the study also showed that women aged over 34 had a 10 per cent lower success rate than women aged 24 or younger. While VBAC rates seem positive, the reason for your caesarean section during your first birth plays a massive part in how likely you are to have a successful natural delivery for your second baby.

Did you succeed with a VBAC? Let us know.

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