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Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC) at OHSU

Our doctors and nurse-midwives are supportive of VBAC for most patients with normal pregnancies. Attempting a VBAC is called a Trial of Labor After Cesarean (TOLAC). About 70-80 percent of women who attempt a VBAC at OHSU deliver vaginally.

Each birth is evaluated separately

Your doctor or nurse-midwife will want to carefully evaluate your pregnancy and understand the circumstances surrounding your c-section. This will help determine if you are a good candidate for vbac and help you weigh the benefits and the risks of a trial of labor after cesarean.

VBAC is a realistic option for many women

We encourage you to learn more with your pregnancy provider.

Patient VBAC Birth Story

"In the middle of Portland’s snow and ice storm, I delivered my son vaginally, without any medication, with the extraordinary support of my midwife, my doula and my husband."

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OHSU effort aims to reduce the number of cesarean section births

OHSU hospital is one of a handful nationwide that allows planned vaginal breech births, encourages VBACs and has implemented practices it hopes will result in fewer surgical deliveries.

As featured in: Oregon Live