Here is a list of questions that can help you decide if your provider is fully on board and ready to support you when you are hoping to have a successful VBAC. 🙂
1. If all is going normally, what should I expect during labor and delivery?
2. What will be different about my labor and delivery, in comparison to someone who doesn’t have a history of C-section birth?
3. What is your VBAC rate in women who are trying to VBAC?
4. How often do your VBAC candidate patients end up requiring a C-section?
5. What are the risks of a trial of VBAC? How do they compare to the risks of a C-section? Which type of delivery (repeat C-section vs. VBAC) do you prefer?
6. How far will you allow me to go past my due date before you would like to induce me?
7. What methods will you use to induce me if that becomes necessary?
8. What kind of monitoring is necessary during labor and delivery? (Intermittent, continuous, internal, and/or external?)
9. Will I be allowed to walk around during labor, or will the monitoring prevent that?
10. Will I be allowed to get in the shower or bath during labor?
11. Will I be allowed to birth in whatever position I find the most comfortable? Or are their restrictions?
12. Is water birthing allowed for VBACs?
13. Will I be allowed to eat or drink during labor?
14. How soon do you like VBAC patients to come into the hospital (or birthing center) after labor has started and contractions are regular?
15. What are my pain control options during labor and delivery? (Be sure to see if they offer any coping mechanisms, or if there are only drug options available in their mind. Both are important to assess.)
16. How far will I have to be dilated before I can ask for an epidural? (If you are planning on having one).
17. Are there time constraints on how fast dilation and/or delivery must occur? If so, what are the guidelines?
18. Who is allowed to be in the room with me?
19. Will I be required to have an IV or a hep lock during labor? Am I able to deny those if I choose?
20. Could the reasons for my previous C-section (whatever those may be: fetal presentation/positioning, failure to progress, or an emergency situation during labor/delivery, etc…) impact this pregnancy?
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