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My OB/GYN Specialists

OB/GYNs located in Miami, FL

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, Dr. Jaclyn Ferro, 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.


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What is VBAC?

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.

Am I a good candidate for VBAC?

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:

  • Obesity
  • Pre-eclampsia
  • Age of 35 or older
  • Previous cesarean within the past 19 months
  • Larger than average baby

Will my C-section scar affect a vaginal delivery?

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.

Why should I choose VBAC?

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:

  • No requirement for surgery
  • Faster recovery time
  • Lower risk of infection
  • Less blood loss
  • Lower risk of bowel or bladder injury
  • Lower risk of complications with future pregnancies

To learn if you’re a candidate for VBAC, schedule a consultation at My OB/GYN Specialists today.