WHAT IS A VBAC?

Many women who have previously had a caesarean section can safely give birth vaginally. This is commonly referred to as ‘vaginal birth after caesarean section’ or VBAC.

Every woman who has had a previous caesarean section will be assessed by their care provider to determine if it is medically advisable to go ahead with a VBAC. Women are then encouraged to consider or plan a VBAC and be offered factual information about the risks and benefits.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS AND RISKS OF A VBAC?

This brochure “Vaginal Birth after Caesarean Section” from The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists details the benefits and risks of VBAC.

WHERE SHOULD I GO FOR A VBAC?

If planning a VBAC, this should be conducted in a suitably staffed and equipped maternity unit, with trained staff and the appropriate equipment to monitor the mother and baby’s wellbeing continuously throughout the labour. Your hospital should have the available resources to proceed to urgent caesarean section and neonatal resuscitation, if required. (Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists 2015).

Jessie McPherson Private Hospital goes above and beyond meeting this criteria.

Our location at Monash Medical Centre, Clayton means we have access to Monash Health’s state-of-the-art facilities 24/7.  This includes anaesthetists, theatre, Monash Children’s Hospital NICU, and adult ICU.

Jessie McPherson Private Hospital are leaders in the state for planned VBAC’s.

The average for actual planned VBAC’s in private hospitals in 2016-2017 was reported as 48.8%.  Jessie McPherson Private Hospital achieved a rate of 72% actual planned VBAC’s. (Safer Care Victoria: Victorian Perinatal Services Performance Indicators 2016-2017).

If you have have opted for a private hospital setting, you are more likely to achieve your VBAC at Jessie McPherson Private Hospital.

With our leading obstetricians and the 24/7 facilities on offer, we can confidently say that Jessie McPherson Private Hospital is the safest place to birth in Victoria.

WHAT SHOULD I DO NEXT?

Learn more about the Jessie McPherson Private Hospital Maternity Unit – book a tour

Learn about the Obstetricians that deliver at Jessie McPherson Private – visit our specialist directory

Jessie McPherson Private Hospital Maternity Unit

Jessie McPherson Private Hospital Maternity Unit

Jessie McPherson Private Hospital Maternity Unit

 

Resources:

RANZCOG Brochure: “Vaginal Birth after Caesarean Section” 2016
Better Health Channel: Caesarian Section
Safer Care Victoria: Victorian Perinatal Services Performance Indicators, 2016-2017