Even if you’ve delivered a child via cesarean section, a vaginal birth after cesarean is still possible. Natural birth offers a variety of benefits and VBAC, vaginal birth after cesarean, is an area of expertise for Dr. Arin Saldana and Dr. Alejandra Angel at My OB/GYN Specialists in Miami. If you’d like to explore the possibility of VBAC, call the office or book online to schedule an appointment today.
VBAC stands for vaginal birth after cesarean. Statistics suggest that nearly 30% of American children are born via cesarean section. The good news is that an estimated 90% of those women are candidates for delivering their next child through a vaginal birth.
Your obstetrician at My OB/GYN Specialists works with you to determine if VBAC is the right approach for you and your baby. The VBAC process involves taking a close look at your current health.
The first consideration is the overall health of both you and your developing child. A safe and healthy delivery is the primary goal, no matter how your baby is brought into the world.
There are several risk factors that can make you a poor candidate for VBAC. If any of the following apply to you, your doctor may suggest a different approach:
A cesarean section requires two different incisions, one on your abdomen and another on your uterus. If your uterus scar is vertical and runs from top to bottom, then a VBAC is probably not possible. The pressure you’ll place on your scar as you attempt a vaginal delivery can cause your uterine scar to rupture, which can be incredibly dangerous for both you and your baby.
A transverse uterus scar, running from side to side, is less likely to rupture during a vaginal delivery. Fewer than 1% of women with a transverse scar who attempt a vaginal birth experience a rupture. Your obstetrician can evaluate the placement and size of your C-section scars to decide the best course of action for future deliveries.
Women make the decision to pursue a vaginal birth after C-section for many different reasons. Some women planned a vaginal birth with their first child, but experienced complications that necessitated a cesarean. They may want to have the experience of a vaginal delivery with their next pregnancy.
Other reasons to consider VBAC include:
To learn if you’re a candidate for VBAC, schedule a consultation at My OB/GYN Specialists today.