Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC)
Nearly one in three mothers gives birth via C-section, making it the most common form of surgery among women. Many women who have had a C-section are surprised to learn that, in many cases, vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) is a very viable option. At Maternal Resources, our providers are huge supporters of vaginal deliveries whenever possible. We do VBACs and VBAC2, vaginal birth after two c-sections.
If you had a C-section with your last pregnancy, but you’d like to experience vaginal childbirth in the future, you should know that nine out of 10 women who have delivered via cesarean are good candidates for VBAC.
Our practice supports the goal of achieving a vaginal birth after cesarean delivery (VBAC) and even a VBAC after two previous cesarean delivery for women who have had a low segment transverse incision on the uterus. Dr. Abdelhak and his team are pioneers in the field of successful VBAC and induction of labor in VBACs.
One of the main benefits of vaginal delivery is that it doesn’t involve surgery which means it has a lower risk of infection, requires a shorter hospital stay, and has a faster, easier recovery. If you plan to have more children, opting for VBAC after one cesarean can help you avoid future cesareans as well. The risks associated with having multiple cesarean deliveries include scarring, placenta problems in future pregnancies, and bowel and bladder injuries.
To qualify for a vaginal delivery after having a cesarean, you must meet the following criteria:
You haven’t had more than two cesarean deliveries
Your previous cesarean was performed with a low transverse incision
You have no additional uterine scars or previous ruptures
You don’t have a medical condition that requires a cesarean delivery
At Maternal Resources, VBAC success rate is well above the national average. This is largely because our providers provide prenatal care and delivery management designed to promote vaginal delivery and avoid unnecessary cesareans.
C-section delivery is used to help ensure a safe, successful birth when a significant health condition exists or when a medical problem develops during normal labor and childbirth. However, c-sections are often used when they’re not medically necessary.
Often, women are told they need cesareans because they have a small pelvis or a big baby. Because of this, many women who have had a c-section go on to deliver even larger babies vaginally using tried and true labor techniques, which have proven extremely successful.