You will be advised to deliver in hospital so that an emergency caesarean delivery can be carried out if necessary. Contact the hospital as soon as you think you have gone into labour or if your waters break.
Once you are in labour, you and your baby’s heartbeat should be monitored continuously. You can have an epidural if you choose.
If labour does not start by 41 weeks, different options will be discussed with you by your obstetrician. These are:
Telephone the hospital to let them know what is happening. It is likely that an emergency caesarean will be performed once labour is confirmed. If labour is very advanced, or if the labour is early (before 37 weeks), then VBAC may be more suitable. Your obstetrician will discuss this with you.
This document has been based on the patient information section of the Royal college of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists, London, UK