Vaginal Birth After Cesarean or Recurrent Elective Cesarean Section: What are the Decision Making Processes of Pregnant Women in Turkey? A Phenomenological Study

Çitil Canbay F., Çitil E. T.

HEALTH CARE FOR WOMEN INTERNATIONAL, vol.44, no.10-11, pp.1500-1520, 2023 (SSCI)


What is known about deciding the mode of delivery after cesarean section (CS) is limited. Our

aim was explore women's decision-making process since pregnancy. Constant comparative

analysis was used in the analysis. COREQ checklist was used in reporting. The main theme

was inability of having control. Four categories emerged; reasons for wanting VBAC, VBAC

experiences, reasons for RCS, and RCS experiences. Women did not have an absolute say in

their decisions. RCS experiences were defined as traumatic and VBAC experiences were

defined as achievement that provided strength and pride. Findings contribute to the literature

on increasing the success of VBAC the importance and encouraging healthcare professionals.