A c-section, or cesarean section, is the delivery of a baby through a surgical incision in the mother's abdomen and uterus. In some circumstances, a c-section is scheduled in advance. In others, the surgery is needed due to an unforeseen complication.
A vacuum extraction is a procedure sometimes done during the course of vaginal childbirth. During vacuum extraction, a health care provider applies the vacuum — a soft or rigid cup with a handle and a vacuum pump — to the baby's head to help guide the baby out of the birth canal.
What is a vaginal birth after cesarean delivery (VBAC)? If you have had a previous cesarean delivery, you have two choices about how to give birth again: You can have a scheduled cesarean delivery; You can give birth vaginally. This is called a VBAC. What is a trial of labor after cesarean delivery (TOLAC)? A TOLAC is the attempt to have a VBAC.
Every delivery is as unique and individual as each mother and infant. Each woman may have a completely new experience with each labor and delivery. Of course, you’ll want this to be a positive experience and to know what to expect. Read more to learn about what you may experience before and after a vaginal delivery.