Something like four in five caesareans are planned as opposed to emergency, and many are women who have already given birth the same way in a previous pregnancy.
This means that the proportion of women who have vaginal births after previously having caesareans is low.
This is despite the fact that vaginal births after caesareans are successful in as many as 76 percent of cases – in situations when these births are not working out, normally it simply means that the mother needs to give birth by another caesarean instead. So what’s the problem?
Clinicians’ professional bodies recognise that it is safe for most women to have vaginal births after caesareans, yet the quality of information they receive varies, and there is evidence that some clinicians are conservative about supporting women to let nature take its course.