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Vaginal Birth After Caesarean (VBAC)

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With careful management, vaginal birth after caesarean birth (VBAC) is generally considered to be safe. It’s not a suitable or safe mode of delivery for all subsequent births, however, and there are times when a planned caesarean birth remains the safest mode of delivery.

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In days gone by, the adage ‘once a caesarean, always a caesarean’ carried some truth to it. Today, however, with careful management, vaginal birth after caesarean birth (VBAC) is generally considered to be safe. It’s not a suitable or safe mode of delivery for all subsequent births, however, and there are times when a planned caesarean birth remains the safest mode of delivery. Mothers and midwives must weigh up the advantages and disadvantages of each mode of delivery, as each choice carries with it different risks and benefits.

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Anne Watkins
Anne is a freelance lecturer and medical writer at Mind Body Ink. She is a former midwife and nurse teacher with over 25 years’ experience working in the fields of healthcare, stress management and medical hypnosis. Her background includes working as a hospital midwife, Critical Care nurse, lecturer in Neonatal Intensive Care, and as a Clinical Nurse Specialist for a company making life support equipment. Anne has also studied many forms of complementary medicine and has extensive experience in the field of clinical hypnosis. She has a special interest in integrating complementary medicine into conventional healthcare settings and is currently an Associate Tutor, lecturing in Health Coaching and Medical Hypnosis at Exeter University in the UK. As a former Midwife, Anne has a natural passion for writing about fertility, pregnancy, birthing and baby care. Her recent publications include The Health Factor, Coach Yourself To Better Health and Positive Thinking For Kids. You can read more about her work at www.MindBodyInk.com.
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Debra Curran
06 Mar 2022
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Brilliant article, clear, concise and very informative
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Bonnie Amos
17 Mar 2022
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good
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Lili Davidson
22 Jun 2022
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goood read
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Nicola Lee
18 Mar 2022
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Concise overview.
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Jeni Ritchie
27 May 2022
Registered Nurse
Very good information. Clear and factual without any bias.
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Peter Hermus
19 Feb 2022
Good info
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Rachel Tabib
18 Apr 2022
Registered Midwife
Informative and relevant
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Susan Harrington
24 Mar 2022
Registered Midwife
Concise and up to date information on pregnant women who have a VBAC
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Ursula Wulff
09 Mar 2022
More information on HBAC please
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