i don't think prematurity is a reason not to VBAC. i think the research actually shows the opposite--rupture is less likely the earlier you give birth. however, i know that when babies are very premature, CS is safer for them because their delicate brains don't do as well in the birth canal. i've never looked into where the cutoff is though.
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<div style="font-style:italic;">If your in a hospital I see no reason not to VBAC.</div>
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Seems to me that since the uterus would be smaller and therefore not "stretched out" as much, the risk of rupture would actually be lower. I have nothing to back this up; just my gut feeling.
I had my DS at 30 weeks. Everyone knew that there was a good chance he would be early because I had a placental abruption, but as long as it didn't fully abrupt, a VBAC was always a possibility. And that is what happened. So, I don't think just because baby is a preemie doesn't mean you automatically can't VBAC.<br><br>
It would mean a c/s for ME because I cannot hospital VBAC...but I think VBAC would be best...I would not attempt a homebirth (VBAC or not) at that stage. I am comfortable staying home 36 weeks and beyond. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
My understanding is that if you would have a vaginal birth at all in the specific circumstance you find yourself in, then there's no reason not to vbac. Prior c/s is not a contraindication to vaginal birth. There could be <i>other</i> factors with a subsequent pregnancy (eg extreme prematurity, baby with a specific congenital problem that renders them more vulnerable, etc) that are contraindications to vaginal birth, but prior c/s isn't one of them.