Vaginal Birth After Caesarean Section – patient information to assist informed consent
This patient education pamphlet provides treatment information on vaginal birth after caesarean section (VBAC) and trial of labour after caesarean section (TOLAC). The topics discussed include: reasons to attempt VBAC, preparing for a vaginal delivery and the possible complications of VBAC.
The factors that influence a woman’s suitability for VBAC are discussed in detail. The location of the uterine scar from a previous caesarean section is highlighted as an important factor. Unsuitable conditions for VBAC are listed, including the woman having a “classical” or inverted-T uterine scar, previous uterine surgery or previous uterine rupture. This leaflet can be a useful tool for women considering VBAC, as both the benefits and the possible complications of VBAC are highlighted.
VBAC is described in plain English to assist the patients’ understanding of health information and to help patients make informed decisions. The Obstetrics and Gynaecology patient information leaflets are printed in five-colour on high-quality A4 sheets.