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Birth options after previous caesarean section

Published: 22/07/2016

This information is for you if you have had one caesarean section and want to know more about your birth options when having another baby. It may also be helpful if you are a relative or friend of someone who is in this situation.

Information covered in this leaflet

  • Choices for birth after having one previous caesarean
  • The chances of a successful vaginal birth after caesarean (VBAC)
  • The advantages and disadvantages of VBAC and when it isn’t advisable
  • The advantages and disadvantages of an elective (planned) repeat caesarean (ERCS)
  • What happens during labour if you’re planning a VBAC
  • What happens if you are planning a VBAC but you don’t go into labour
  • What happens if you have an ERCS planned but you go into labour

This patient information is based on the RCOG Green-top clinical guideline Birth after Previous Caesarean Birth which contains a full list of the sources of evidence used to produce this guidance.

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