Just because you’ve had a Cesarean section in the past doesn’t mean every child you have afterward must be born that way. Highly skilled OB/GYNs Dele Ogunleye, MD, FACOG, Lisa Emm, MD, FACOG, and the team at Advanced Women’s Healthcare in Bloomington, Illinois, provide obstetric care for women who choose vaginal birth after Cesarean (VBAC). If you’re looking for a provider who specializes in VBAC deliveries, call or book an appointment online today.
VBAC stands for vaginal birth after Cesarean. Even if you’ve had a Cesarean delivery, you may choose to try a vaginal birth the next time you get pregnant.
Experts used to believe that once you’ve had a C-section, you would need to deliver all following children that way. However, studies show that about 60-80% of women who have had C-sections are able to successfully give birth vaginally when they get pregnant again.
The compassionate providers at Advanced Women’s Healthcare carefully evaluate your health and medical history before recommending the safest option for you and your baby.
The team at Advanced Women’s Healthcare offers VBAC to provide you with an opportunity for an individualized birth plan. Some women consider VBAC simply because experiencing vaginal delivery is important to them. VBAC may also offer benefits, including:
The more C-sections you have, the greater your risk for surgical complications. If you choose to have a large family, multiple C-sections can cause scarring that may increase your risk of placental problems in future pregnancies.
If you’re considering VBAC, you may find it encouraging that about 90% of women who have had C-sections are VBAC candidates. You may be a good candidate for VBAC if:
However, VBAC delivery isn’t right for everyone. Your provider at Advanced Women’s Healthcare may not recommend VBAC if you have a history of:
VBAC may not be right for you if you have risk factors for a high-risk pregnancy, including medical conditions like preeclampsia or obesity.
If VBAC is part of your birth plan, it’s important to stay flexible in case complications arise during labor. Your OB/GYN monitors you closely and is prepared to perform an emergency C-section if needed.
If you’re looking for an OB/GYN with VBAC experience, call Advanced Women’s Healthcare or book an appointment online today.