The early weeks of pregnancy are fragile—and confusing. Here, the answers to your questions.
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For a woman with a previous cesarean, answering these questions is a critical step to deciding between a repeat Cesarean (RCS) and a vaginal birth after Cesarean (VBAC).
According to the NIH VBAC Consensus Statement, an estimated 74 percent of women that plan a VBAC will have a successful VBAC. The success rates vary between 54 percent and 94 percent depending on a several factors, including induction or augmentation of labor, pregnancy length, vaginal birth history, reason for previous Cesarean, cervical readiness, race and ethnicity, health of the mother, socioeconomic status, region, marital status and type of hospital.
The following factors are based upon current evidence and point to higher rates of successful VBAC*:
While the medical factors listed above define an “ideal” candidate, you do not need to fit into all the areas to be a good candidate, and most women do not fit into all the categories.