Just because you have had a cesarean in the past doesn’t mean that it is your only option for childbirth in the future. This week we’re here to talk about why having a VBAC procedure is easier and more attainable than you might think!
The term VBAC stands for Vaginal Birth After Cesarean. Roughly 90% of women who have previously had a c-section are candidates for a VBAC. If pregnancy conditions are good, a VBAC can be a safe choice for most women, though it’s impossible to determine whether you will end up with a repeat C-section during the delivery process.
If your pregnancy is low-risk, there are many reasons to attempt a VBAC. Some of them are:
Though a VBAC birth is the go-to for low-risk pregnancies, it could have some drawbacks. The number one concern is the risk of a uterine rupture, which is when your c-section scar gives way during the labor process. Though the risk is only 1 in 100, it can result in severe blood loss and possibly oxygen deprivation for your baby.
If you’ve had a vertically-cut cesarean, the chances of a uterine rupture are too great to consider a VBAC, but a transverse cut (side to side) is not an automatic out for the procedure. Though there are a lot of factors to consider, a VBAC may be too risky if any of the following are present:
It’s important to also note that each cesarean section pregnancy increases internal scar tissue, so a VBAC is a much safer option for both mother and baby, even if it results in another cesarean delivery. A successful VBAC allows you to avoid major abdominal surgery and your recovery is generally faster and easier with a vaginal delivery.
Talk with your medical professional about why you want a VBAC. Chances are in your favor that you are a candidate if you have the following:
Still have more questions? The specialists at Miami Center of Excellence are here to answer your questions and give you peace of mind. We are skilled in making your VBAC procedure as comfortable and safe as possible. Make an appointment with our specialists to decide if the procedure is best and safest for you.