Is VBAC Right for You?
If you're pregnant and have had a C-section (cesarean delivery) in the past, you must decide how you would like to deliver your baby this time. You may decide to try a vaginal birth. A vaginal birth after cesarean is called a VBAC. Your OB/GYN can help determine if you're a good candidate for VBAC. Premiere Obgyn, which is located in Hollywood, FL, is an OB/GYN practice that provides the full range of women's health and wellness services. The following information will help you determine if VBAC is right for you.
What are the benefits of VBAC?
Vaginal births generally have fewer risks than cesarean deliveries. The benefits of VBAC may include less chance of blood clots, less blood loss, less risk of infection, and less pain after birth. A woman having a vaginal birth will also have a lower risk that the baby will have breathing problems. Additionally, you will have a shorter stay in the hospital after a VBAC than you would after another C-section. Avoiding surgery will help you resume activities sooner.
What are the risks of VBAC?
The most serious risk of a VBAC is uterine rupture, which causes a mother's uterus to tear so her baby slips into her abdomen. Uterine rupture during attempted vaginal birth is very rare. Sometimes, a woman may attempt a VBAC, but it's not successful. Some of the reasons include pregnancy that has gone past 40 weeks, high maternal weight, a large baby, advanced maternal age, or two or more previous C-sections.
Am I a candidate for VBAC?
You may be a candidate for VBAC if you are at a healthy weight, under the age of 36, and you've had a successful vaginal delivery in the past. You're not a candidate for VBAC if you have had a prior high vertical uterine incision or a prior uterine rupture. Some doctors won't offer VBAC if you have had more than two C-sections in the past. VBAC also isn't usually an option if you are pregnant with triplets or higher order multiples.
How do I decide what’s best?
Your OB/GYN can help you consider the options in relation to your unique situation and your preferences. As you discuss your options with your doctor, keep in mind that even if you choose to have a vaginal birth, you can still choose a C-section after labor starts. Remember that all forms of delivery carry risks. To make your decision, you must weigh the risks and benefits of each approach.
The best way to find out if VBAC is right for you to consult with an OB/GYN. Call Premiere Obgyn at 954-961-9993 to schedule an appointment in Hollywood, FL. At Premiere Obgyn, we provide women with state-of-the-art care for pregnancy and childbirth!
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