What are the Benefits of a Vaginal Birth

Dr. Barra O'Briain, MD, discusses the benefits of a vaginal birth.

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Dr. Barra O'Briain, MD, discusses the benefits of a vaginal birth.
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Featuring Dr. Barra O'Briain, MD

Duration: 2 minutes, 21 seconds

The benefits of a vaginal birth are that there's less blood loss, there's less risk of injury and infection, and there's no surgical risks with a vaginal birth after a cesarean section.

The babies tend to have less in the way of respiratory complications, the recovery's quicker, your hospital stay is shorter, and you're able to resume normal activities. So if you've got a sibling to the baby at home, running around after a toddler might be a little easier after a vaginal birth compared to a caesarean section.

One of the biggest benefits of a vaginal after a caesarean section is that if you have another pregnancy down the road, the likelihood of having a vaginal birth is higher.

One of the risks of a vaginal birth after a caesarean section is the rare event of a dehiscence or a breakdown of the scar on the uterus from the previous caesarean. The risk of that happening is about 1 in 200 pregnancies. The other risk of a vaginal birth after a caesarean section is that if you're not successful, you need to undergo an emergency caesarean section which carries slightly higher surgical risks compared to an elective caesarean section.

If you have questions about vaginal births after caesarean sections, contact your local family doctor, obstetrician or midwife for more information.

Presenter: Dr. Barra O'Briain, Family Doctor, Vancouver, BC

Local Practitioners: Family Doctor

This content is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.