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Vaginal birth after caesarean
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Vaginal Birth After Caesarean (VBAC)

This is the term used when a women gives birth vaginally having had a caesarean  section in the past. The increasing caesarean rate is causing widespread public and professional concern (RCOG 2007). At Dartford & Gravesham Trust we strive to promote normal birth.  We believe that all women should be provided with the correct information to make informed decisions regarding their birth options.  A specialist VBAC service has been developed by midwives to help support women in their individual choices for pregnancy and birth. 


All women who have delivered by caesarean section in a previous pregnancy will have their 16 week appointment in the Birth Options clinic.  This will consist of a routine antenatal appointment but is also a chance to discuss previous deliveries and explore options for birth in this pregnancy. 


An enhanced programme of care has been developed to provide a one to one appointment and a group session from specialist midwives and obstetric doctors.


To help understand the likely schedule of appointments click here. Please be aware that this schedule is not restrictive and may alter according to your individual needs.


“Birth is a major life changing event and you will be provided with the information and support to enable you to make the choices that are suitable for you”.


Contact details michelle.williams26@nhs.net or ruthsharpe@nhs.net or dgn-tr.birthoptionsteam@nhs.net 

Telephone Number 01322 428100  Bleep 161 (available Monday – Friday 8am to 4pm)



VBAC - Group Session


This is an informal group session held around 32-34 weeks of pregnancy.  The session includes information regarding VBAC and an opportunity to answer any queries or concerns at this stage of the pregnancy.  There is also a discussion around latent (early) labour.


Birth is a major life changing event and you will be provided with the information and support to enable you to make the choices that are suitable for you.


The session is held in Antenatal Clinic at 10am, on a monthly basis.  

 

For further information please contact michelle.williams26@nhs.net