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Talking to Your OBGYN About VBAC
Many women who have already given birth by means of a Cesarean or C-section can still give birth vaginally. This is known as Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC). Whether you are a candidate for VBAC or not will largely depend on the reason for your previous C-section. The doctors at Premier Obgyn in Pembroke Pines, FL are happy to answer all your questions about VBAC and tell you if it’s right for you.
Am I a Good Candidate for VBAC?
Pembroke Pines patients who are possible candidates for VBAC include those who:
- Had a previous C-section with a low-transverse incision
- Have never had a uterine rupture
- Have never had extensive uterine surgeries
- Have access to a doctor who can perform an emergency C-section if necessary
Benefits of Choosing VBAC
The benefits of VBAC include:
- Future pregnancies: If you wish to have more children in the future, VBAC may help reduce your risk of placenta previa.
- Surgical complications: VBAC reduces your risk of complications such as infection, blood clots, and bleeding.
- Shorter recovery: You will be able to return home sooner after a VBAC than after a C-section.
Factors that Reduce your Chance of a VBAC
If the following factors apply, they may make it less likely that you will be considered a viable candidate for VBAC:
- You are overweight
- You have gone over 40 weeks of gestation
- You need to have your labor induced
- You are an older mother
- It has been 18 months or less since your last pregnancy
- Your baby’s estimated birth weight is more than 8.8 pounds
You can contact the team at Premiere OBGNY to schedule an appointment at their Pembroke Pines office on (954) 961-9993 or their Hollywood office on (954) 961-9993. The doctors will be happy to answer all of your questions about VBAC.
A healthy mother means a good pregnancy and a thriving baby. At Premiere OBGYN in Pembroke Pines, FL, our five gynecologists provide the regular visits, check-ups, and counseling you need for your best delivery. Learn more about the importance of prenatal care here.
Studies over the past century show that prenatal care ensures better patient outcomes, says the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Why? Your obstetrical team counsels you on nutrition, exercise, vitamins, and your baby's development, while also detecting potential complications through careful testing, examination, and monitoring. The Office on Women's Health says that without prenatal care, mothers are three times as likely to have birth complications and have low birth weight infants.
All the providers at Premiere OBGYN in Pembroke Pines, FL, encourage mothers—and potential mothers—to be informed on their GU health. They provide compassionate counseling on the entire birth process from conception to delivery and beyond.
Your first prenatal visit and beyond
It includes a pelvic examination and determination of when your baby is due. Your physician will review your medical, surgical, and obstetrical history and order lab tests such as a Complete Blood Count (CBC), urinalysis, and measles titer.
Until 28 weeks, you'll see your provider once a month. After that, until your due date, you and your baby will be monitored more closely. Your doctor will measure and track your weight, vital signs, and uterine size, listen to your baby's heartbeat, and evaluate the position of your placenta. Ultrasonic examination measures your baby's size and can tell you if you are carrying a boy, girl, or twins!
Remember, if you are 35 or older, you carry a high risk of pregnancy and birth complications. So, your doctor at Premiere OBGYN will likely schedule you for more frequent office visits and lab work.
As delivery approaches
You will discuss your labor and delivery options, medications, and anesthetics. The doctor will examine your cervix to determine if it is thinning out and preparing for the birth of your baby.
Healthy and informed
At Premiere OBGYN, we love taking care of Pembroke-area pregnant mothers and their babies. We want you to be well-monitored, prepared and cared for so that you have the best possible birth experience. Call us if you are thinking of becoming pregnant or think you already are: (954) 961-9993.