Vaginal Birth After Caesarian New Guidelines Approved

pregnancyThe American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has issued new guidelines for safe vaginal birth after caesarian (VBAC) procedure Wednesday, July 21.

The new guidelines indicate that it is safe for most women to have a VBAC, including those who already had two previous caesarian operations and even for those who had carried twins.

Currently, only 9% of mothers try to opt for a VBAC. Hospital policies, legal concerns, insurance restrictions and factors related to doctor and patient convenience are the common factors that contribute to this low rate.

“Moving forward, we need to work collaboratively with our patients and our colleagues, hospitals and insurers to swing the pendulum back to fewer caesareans and a more reasonable VBAC rate,” said Dr. Richard N. Waldman, the president of ACOG.

Vaginal birth advantages over C-section are shorter recovery time and lower risk of complications for future pregnancies. However, about less than 1 percent of vaginal birth suffers from ruptured uterus ruptures, which requires emergency surgery.