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 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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