Vaginal Birth After Caesarean (VBAC)

What is VBAC?


VBAC means delivering your baby vaginally when you had at least one by caesarean section (C-section). This is a safe choice for most women in Singapore, but it also doesn’t come without risks. Whether VBAC is appropriate for you depends on the risk factors involved. The decision should be closely guided by your doctor to ensure safety and success. VBAC has a 60-80% success rate, but the chances of success for every individual vary on the basis of your obstetric history and factors in your current pregnancy


Why is it done?


Less bleeding. A successful vaginal birth is beneficial for the mother because it prevents her from losing too much blood, avoiding the need for transfusions.

VBAC has a shorter recovery time. In relation to the reason stated above, less bleeding also entails faster recovery. It also means less post-delivery pain and complications. Without the need for post-surgical recovery and monitoring, you can also have a shorter hospital stay.

Affects future pregnancies. If you plan on having two or more children, VBAC might be a safer option by avoiding the risks of multiple cesarean deliveries.

What factors affect VBAC Success?

Prior vaginal delivery
Previous VBAC delivery
Spontaneous labor
Favorable cervix
Preterm delivery
Physician practice can significantly impact the strength of the association between the risk factors and a successful VBAC. With a thorough review of your medical records, assessment of the current pregnancy, and an open discussion on your suitability for VBAC, there is a good chance for success.


Having years of experience under her belt, Dr. Pamela Tan encourages vaginal deliveries after a C-section. She emphasizes the importance of a thorough evaluation and an individualized approach for each patient. Learn more about VBAC and book your consultation today.  Let Dr. Tan assist you during this delicate and special time.