Natural Birth After Two Cesareans

I have a 7 year old son and a 1 year old son, both delivered via cesarean. My partner and I are planning on having another child. I was wondering if it was possible to have a natural birth after 2 cesareans. If so what are the risks that could happen?


Having a vaginal birth after cesarean, even after two cesareans is possible. These births, called VBACs are again gaining support in the medical community after several years of needless recommendation that “once a cesarean, always a cesarean.”

In general, if you had a horizontal incision, it's usually safe to have a trial of labor.

You should consider the reasons for your previous c-sections and if they're likely to occur again.

You also need to choose a practitioner who is supportive of VBACs.

Many women have a successful VBAC at home (often called an “HBAC”) – if you're interested in this, seek a midwife who is experienced with VBACs and can give you advice and guidance throughout your pregnancy.

The best way to decide if you want to try for a VBAC or not is to learn as much as you can. I really like the page on Informed Consent at – you will find tons of information there to help you and your partner make the best choice for your next pregnancy and birth.

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Kristen is a pregnancy coach, student midwife, and a mama to 8 - all born naturally! I've spent nearly two decades helping mamas have healthy babies, give birth naturally, and enjoy the adventure of motherhood. Does complete support for a sacred birth and beautiful beginning for your baby resonate with you? Contact me today to chat about how powerful guidance and coaching can transform your pregnancy, birth, and mothering journey <3

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