Can I Have a Natural Birth After Cesarean

by Candice (Eastern Cape)

I would like to know if you can have a natural birth if your first child's birth was a cesarean section. My first child in now 2 years and 4 months of age and this will be my second child.


Hi Candice,

It is possible to have a natural birth after a cesarean section. This is often called a “VBAC” or “vaginal birth after cesarean.” It's completely possible to have a great birth, and with no drugs or interventions. You can have a birth center birth or even a home birth.

Check out this page on VBAC's for more basic info: VBAC on the Wikipedia.

Many women find that birth stories are very inspiring, and I've gotten several from VBAC moms – go ahead and take a look at them on the birth stories page.

About the author 


Kristen is childbirth educator, student midwife, and a mama to 8 - all born naturally! She has spent years helping mamas have healthy babies, give birth naturally, and enjoy the adventure of motherhood. Find her on her website and helping families through her online childbirth class

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