What is TOLAC? The Difference Between TOLAC & VBAC

Updated: May 21, 2019

One of the reasons we founded the The VBAC Link was because it can be so difficult to make sense of all the medical talk and learn all of the essential definitions. One of the most common acronyms used in the VBAC world is TOLAC. Doctors often use it seemingly in place of the term VBAC but, what does it mean exactly and, more importantly, how does it impact your VBAC?

What is TOLAC?

TOLAC stands for Trial of Labor After Cesarean, aka Trial of Labor (TOL). All it really means is that a woman is going to attempt to have a vaginal birth after a cesarean (VBAC). So, the act of trying and working towards VBAC is called TOLAC. The "successful" TOLAC is a VBAC, make sense? I hate referring to labor as success or failure but, for lack of a better word and for differentiation I think, in this case, it is appropriate.

Make It Work For You

Knowing that TOLAC simply means you are "trying for a VBAC" makes it easy to turn it into a positive in your mind. Mentally preparing for those conversation with a provider who only refers you as a TOLAC rather than a VBAC makes it easier to understand. In fact, it would be a great idea to just beef up that definition a little and make TOLAC mean "VBAC Success" for you! Mental preparation accounts for so much, especially when preparing for a journey such as this.

Easy, right?

Check out episode 16 on our podcast for a story about Taylor and her journey from twins with TTTS and SIUGR to VBAC!

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