VBACs (Vaginal Birth After Caesarean)

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If you are pregnant again and your last baby was delivered via Caesarean (C-section), then you may have wondered if it’s possible to have a vaginal birth after a C-section (VBAC). While a vaginal birth after a C-section is possible for many women, there are several factors to consider beforehand with your doctor to determine if it’s right for you

Safety for you and your child should always be the number one priority. This is mentioned because a VBAC isn’t the safest option for every woman. For example, if you are trying to have a vaginal birth and you are at high risk, then it can put you and your baby at risk. Therefore, it is always best to speak to your doctor.

Dr. Ronald E. de la Peña is a board certified OB/GYN who specializes in VBACs. With over 30 years of experience, he is here to help you decide what’s best for you when you deliver your baby. To schedule an appointment with Dr. de la Peña, feel free to contact us today. We are here to help you throughout your pregnancy and delivery.

Why Are VBACs Done?

Vaginal births after a C-section are preferred for a number of reasons, including:

  • Avoid the potential risks of multiple Caesarean deliveries if you plan to have future pregnancies, such as placenta previa or placenta accreta. 
  • When a mother has a successful VBAC, it lowers the risk of surgical complications that may be necessary due to excessive bleeding, infection, or blood clotting.
  • With a VBAC, you will have a shorter recovery time as opposed to having a Caesarean delivery. 
  • For some people, it is important for them to experience a vaginal delivery if they are able to.

To find out if you’re a good candidate for a VBAC, it is best to consult with your doctor. Feel free to contact our highly experienced OB/GYN so we can help you determine the next best steps for your delivery.

Are There Risks of Having a VBAC?

While there are less risks associated with having a successful VBAC as opposed to having a repeated Caesarean delivery, an unsuccessful VBAC may have more complications. Some complications of an unsuccessful VBAC include:

  • Blood loss
  • Infection
  • Uterine rupture (this is rare but if it does happen, it can be life-threatening to you and your fetus)
  • And more

If you are at risk for a ruptured uterus, then VBAC should not be tried.

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If you would like to speak to our trusted and experienced OB/GYN to determine if VBAC is right for you, feel free to contact us to schedule a consultation! We will help you every step of the way.

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