Having a child by cesarean section doesn’t necessarily mean you can never give birth naturally. The Women’s Health Group, P.A. has two convenient offices in Manhattan, Kansas, where the highly skilled OB/GYNs can discuss your suitability for vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC). With their help and careful pregnancy and delivery management, you may be able to give birth vaginally when you have your next baby. To find out more about VBAC, call the nearest office today or book an appointment online.
A VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) is a delivery option for pregnant women who’ve previously had one or more cesarean sections. A C-section is open surgery that involves making a large incision through your abdomen and uterus to remove your baby.
This procedure leaves scarring and could weaken the tissues along the incision, meaning future births have a higher risk of complications. If you’ve had a C-section, you can choose to have another for your next delivery or opt for VBAC.
If you want to experience a natural vaginal birth, VBAC gives you the opportunity. This is a primary consideration for many women, making VBAC a popular choice. Other benefits of VBAC include:
Not all women who have C-sections can go on to deliver naturally. You might be a candidate for VBAC if you had a low transverse C-section, where the incision goes across your body above your groin. If you’ve given birth vaginally before, that increases your chance of successful VBAC.
VBAC isn’t usually a good choice for women with a vertical C-section scar that goes from the belly button to the groin. A history of uterine rupture or surgeries such as myomectomy (fibroid removal) could also prevent you from having VBAC. Your OB/GYN at The Women’s Health Group, P.A. can advise you on which options are best in your case.
Each woman’s birth plan includes the delivery method The Women’s Health Group, P.A. team recommends based on her individual needs.
Your VBAC should progress like a routine vaginal delivery if all goes well. Because of your higher risk of complications, the team monitors you and your baby closely throughout your labor. If they see any signs that your delivery has run into problems or you or your baby are distressed, your OB/GYN may recommend an immediate C-section.
To find out more about VBAC and whether it’s right for you, call The Women’s Health Group, P.A. today or book an appointment online.