It used to be the standard opinion that if you gave birth via Cesarean section, or C-section, in the past that any future births would need to be through C-section as well. But modern studies have upended that line of thinking for certain women. Although a C-section may still be the desired and safest method for delivery for some, for others, vaginal birth after Cesarean, or VBAC, is now an option. Learn more about VBAC by reaching out to your local professionals, Dr. Dele Ogunleye, Dr. Lisa Emm, and Dr. Angela Baja at Advanced Women's Healthcare in Bloomington, IL.
A Cesarean section involves delivery through an incision made in the mother's abdomen and it is typically employed to minimize a present risk with the pregnancy. Any other pregnancies by the mother would be carried out, in the same way, to again minimize risk. But it is now believed that for a large portion of women who underwent C-section vaginal birth after Cesarean may now be possible.
Benefits of VBAC
One of the biggest benefits of VBAC is how it can potentially help women who for a long time desired to experience a vaginal delivery. But VBAC also helps reduce some of the inherent risks with C-sections themselves, risks which increase with every subsequent C-section. VBAC can shorten your stay in the hospital after giving birth as well as a shorter recovery time in general.
A Few Things to Consider
You may not be a candidate for VBAC if the factor that made a C-section necessary for your previous pregnancy is still present. It also requires that you be in good health without any major medical concerns or chronic problems like obesity. Other variables come into play in the ultimate decision and even if you clear a lot of these hurdles it's important that you remain open to the possibility that a C-section may be eventually needed.
Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC) in Bloomington, IL
If you want to know if you would qualify for VBAC or have any more questions then the best first step you can make is to schedule a consultation with your Bloomington, IL, experts, Dr. Ogunleye, Dr. Emm, and Dr. Baja at Advanced Women's Healthcare by dialing 309-808-3068.