Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC)
Exams and Tests
Besides the usual prenatal tests, your doctor will take measures to assess whether vaginal delivery is likely to be a safe birthing option for you. (For more information on standard prenatal tests, see the topic Pregnancy.) These extra measures can help you and your doctor make a well-informed decision about your delivery.
Assessments done sometime during the pregnancy to help find out whether vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) is a safe option may include:
- A review of surgery records to verify the Reference type of incision used for a previous cesarean.
- A Reference fetal ultrasound.
- Reference Fetal heart monitoring, which is also used during labor and delivery to watch for fetal distress. Fetal heart monitoring can also help detect a sudden uterine rupture. A rupture is typically followed by a sudden and then ongoing drop in fetal heart rate. The mother might notice bleeding and pain.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference March 28, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Femi Olatunbosun, MB, FRCSC - Obstetrics and Gynecology