Many women who have had a prior cesarean and now want to give birth through a vaginal delivery have the option of doing just that. Vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) has many benefits, including a much faster recovery after delivery, lower rate of complications, and less risk during future pregnancies.
“VBAC is an excellent choice for many women,” says Dr. Katherine Economy, a maternal-fetal medicine specialist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH). “Between 60 and 80 percent of women who attempt VBAC are successful, while the remaining 20 to 40 percent have cesarean delivery. Successful VBAC usually involves a number of factors.”