VBAC : Vaginal Birth After Caesarean Birth

"My best friend is also pregnant and due a month before me. This is her second baby and she is having a VBAC this time round, What is a VBAC & what does this mean?" What is a VBAC Women who’ve had caesarean births are usually physically able to try vaginal birth next time around. This is commonly called vaginal birth after caesarean or “VBAC”. Up to 1 in 4 women in Australia has delivered a baby via caesarean section. In the past it was generally assumed that once a women had a caesarean section birth then all future babies would be delivered via the same mode caesarean section. Thanks to medical advances in obstetrics many women have safely delivered their subsequent babies vaginally or by

Partners & Active Participation in childbirth...Partners have a role to play too..

A positive birthing experience is integral to the mother and baby’s well-being. A major factor that can influence the mother’s perception of a positive experience is how supported she feels throughout childbirth. Sometimes a mother may not feel well supported because their partner felt they weren't prepared for the birthing experience and weren't sure of what their role actually was. Good communication regarding your obstetric care and the birth preferences should be discussed early in the pregnancy and ongoing though out in the lead up to your little ones arrival. This gives you both a chance to discuss your thoughts & feeling to determine what suits you both best. It also gives you both th

First Six Weeks after a caesarean section

Looking after yourself and getting to know your new baby is the most important part after any birth. Following a caesarean section caring for your wound and avoiding strenuous activity is also part of a healthy caesarean recovery. Going home after caesarean birth After your caesarean, you and your new arrival usually stay in hospital for about 5 days. A caesarean section both planned/unplanned is a major surgery, so it’s important to focus on caring for your baby and giving your body the rest it needs to recover. Recovery after caesarean and physical care You have a lot to cope with when you’re looking after a new baby. It can be harder when you’re recovering after caesarean. It will take a

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