Women’s VBAC Experiences


This article explores the women’s experience of having a vaginal birth by caesarean section. The author also explores the effects of continuity of care and CS preferences on VBAC outcomes. Read on to learn more about the benefits and disadvantages of vaginal birth by caesarean section. Although the article is focused on women, it may be useful for any woman considering a VBAC. Despite the many benefits, vaginal birth is a traumatic and confusing experience. Fortunately, there are many ways to make it easier.

Women’s experiences of vbac

Qualitative examination of women’s experiences of VBAC is limited. However, a meta-synthesis of studies examining women’s experiences of VBAC suggests several common themes. Women experienced “groping through fog” when it came to navigating the options. Their perception of the healthcare system, professionals, and decision-making were ambiguous. This, in turn, contributed to the high CS-rate in their studies.

Online support groups have proven helpful to some, but these aren’t a standardized source of information. In fact, some women have found conflicting information in online forums. Another useful resource is prenatal classes, although they do not address VBAC specifically. This group of women provides the opportunity to meet positive VBAC mothers and gain courage. In the case of these women, these support groups aren’t a substitute for a qualified midwife or doctor.

Impact of continuity of care on vbac experience

This study examined the impact of continuity of care on the VBAC experience of new mothers. Researchers found that women in the same Trust had similar rates of VBACs, ranging from 52.2% to 94%. This variation was likely due to the fact that the group was self-selected through social media ads. Women had many reasons to pursue VBAC, including health concerns. This study provides some important lessons for those considering a VBAC.

The researchers conducted a focus group of five women to determine what information they needed to make an informed decision about their VBAC. They found that many women were unclear about the indications for surgery, complications, and other aspects of the procedure. Further, women who had continuity of care with the same midwife were more likely to experience spontaneous vaginal birth. The team also conducted a survey of 25 women after their caesarean section in December 2016. The women were randomly selected from emergency and elective caesarean sections. Among them, only 20% of the women achieved clarity in all four areas, while 80% of women did not.

Effects of CS preferences on vbac experience

Among the 332 women who underwent elective CS, 230 had a successful VBAC, and 151 underwent emergency CS. Using a WTU index, we determined the relationship between respondents’ perceived risk and willingness to perform a VBAC. The results of this study are reported in Table 3. Moreover, after regression analysis, the experience of past failure was statistically significant but did not remain significant. These findings suggest that the WTU VBAC index accurately represents actual WTU VBAC.

In addition, the study also found that women who wanted a VBAC wished for support during the process, including work through their CS, discussions about possible complications caused by the scar, and writing a birth plan. Yet, despite this desire for support, many women described feeling alone during the process, resulting in an ill-experienced VBAC. Although the Aurora team’s intervention is helpful, women describe feeling ill-supported by it.

Effects of CS preference on vbac experience

Elective CS can be a good option if you wish to avoid complications during delivery, but the rate of success is lower. Only 51% of women who opted for elective CS actually delivered their babies. Emergency CS results in a traumatic and traumatically induced birth for more than half of the women. Emergency CS has negative effects on the mother’s psychological well-being, including her fear of childbirth, future pregnancies, and the development of acute trauma symptoms.

Women’s CS preferences may be influenced by a variety of factors. Several studies have found that long-standing expectations and previous experiences may shape a woman’s preferences. Early communication regarding VBAC success and attitudes toward future births may be beneficial. Even before the first CS, early communication may increase the likelihood of successful VBAC. The research team concludes that early communication about ERCS and VBAC experiences may enhance the probability of a successful vbac for a pregnant woman.