What makes me different?
The thing that makes someone who has had a caesarean birth different from someone who hasn’t is the fact that she has a scar on her uterus. This scar needs time to heal so that it can stay strong through a future pregnancy and birth. This is why most health care providers will recommend spacing at least two years between births after you have had a caesarean allowing your body the optimal time to heal and ensure a safe delivery. In very rare circumstances, this scar can tear open during a future pregnancy or birth (this complication is called a “uterine rupture”).
DID YOU KNOW?
Women who have had a previous caesarean birth can be cared for by midwives or an OB regardless of what type of birth they plan to have.
Their babies also benefit from earlier skin to skin contact and breastfeeding, and the research shows that babies born by VBAC, compared to elective repeat caesarean section, have higher rates of exclusive breastfeeding at 3 and 6 months of age. For women who are planning a large family, a VBAC drastically reduces their risk of serious complications with the placenta that can complicate pregnancies in women who have had multiple caesarean births.
The research tells us that women who plan a VBAC have approximately a 75% chance of having a successful vaginal birth, which is about the same rate as a first time mother.
You can also speak with your midwife or OB about your particular circumstances and how your health and history might impact a future birth. Our doulas can help in this matter. We serve Toronto, Brampton. Georgetown, Caledon, Mississauga and Oakville area in Ontario.