Vaginal birth after caesarean

We recommend that all women who have had one previous uncomplicated Caesarean section plan to have a vaginal birth after Caesarean (VBAC). If this is not appropriate for you, we may refer you to a consultant.

At Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, if you have had one uncomplicated Caesarean section and have no problems in your pregnancy, you will be encouraged to attend the VBAC workshop after your 20-week scan. This workshop will explain the associated benefits and potential complications of both VBAC and a second caesarean—the aim of this information is to help you make a decision that is right for you. This popular workshop is informal, informative and interactive and lasts for about an hour. To book please call the maternity reception on 020 3315 7790.

At West Middlesex University Hospital, your midwife will explore how you feel about trying for a VBAC. If you have any additional concerns you will be referred to the birth choices clinic to speak with a senior midwife.

From 30 weeks either the specialist VBAC midwife at Chelsea or your community midwife at West Mid will have an ongoing discussion with you during your routine appointments about your labour and birth preferences. You will not be seen by an obstetrician in the absence of any medical complexities or other concerns.

If you have any questions for the VBAC specialist midwife at Chelsea please email vbac.clinic@chelwest.nhs.uk or call 020 3315 7790. At West Mid please speak to your midwife.

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