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Procedure - VBAC

Have you previously delivered a baby by C-section? For many women, there is an option to choose between a C-section and a vaginal birth for a subsequent delivery. Vaginal birth after C-section (VBAC) is successful for most women, but ultimately your doctor will determine if you are a candidate. For a VBAC to be successful, women should not have previous uterine scars and the hospital should be equipped to handle an emergency C-section, in case vaginal birth is not possible. If you are interested in a VBAC, OB/GYN specialists at Ogden Clinic in Utah are here to help.

Benefits of a VBAC

Women often consider a VBAC for a variety of reasons. Some of the benefits of a VBAC include:

  • Shorter recovery time: A repeat C-section takes longer to recover from and will cost more than a VBAC. Without surgery, you will have a shorter hospital stay and your energy will return more quickly after delivery.
  • Greater participation in childbirth: Undergoing a vaginal delivery can be a very important experience for many women. It allows them to participate more actively and gives their labor coach the chance to play a role in the delivery.
  • Effect on future pregnancies: If you plan to have a large family, a VBAC can help you avoid the risks associated with multiple cesarean deliveries.

Is a VBAC Right for Me?

Women are more likely to have a successful VBAC if they have had a previous successful vaginal delivery. VBACs are also suitable for women who have only had one C-section with a low transverse uterine incision, those whose pregnancy and baby are healthy and progressing normally, your previous reason for having a C-section is no longer a factor, and your labor begins naturally on or before your due date. Women who have had multiple C-sections, whose pregnancy extends beyond the due date, or have had a previous uterine rupture should not consider a VBAC.

If you would like to have a vaginal delivery following a C-section, contact our OB/GYN department to learn more about vaginal birth after C-section (VBAC) at Ogden Clinic.


Beverly, Steven, MD, FACOG
1100 West 2700 North
Pleasant View, UT
801-475-3100

Chappell, Daniel, DO
991 W. Shepard Lane
Farmington, UT
801-397-6080

Lammi, Kirk, DO, FACOOG
4403 Harrison Blvd.
Ogden, UT
801-475-3100

Larson, Alex, MD, FACOG
5495 S 500 E
South Ogden, UT
801-475-3100

Palmer, Bryan, MD, FACOG
4403 Harrison Blvd.
Ogden, UT
801-475-3100

Roberts, Audrey, MD
4403 Harrison Blvd.
Ogden, UT
801-475-3240

Rynearson, Scott, DO
3485 West 5200 South
Roy, UT
801-475-3100

Seale, Fred (Rocky), MD, FACOG
4403 Harrison Blvd.
Ogden, UT
801-475-3100