VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Caesarean) Support
A common misconception is that once a woman undergoes a cesarean birth, she will no longer be able to experience a vaginal birth. The fact is as many as 80% of women are able to have a safe and successful vaginal delivery after a cesarean section.
We Support Women Wanting a VBAC
At Family Birth Services birthing center our midwives are experienced in assisting with vaginal birth after cesarean, or VBAC. A cesarean section is a medical procedure in which the baby is delivered via a surgical incision made in the lower abdomen and into the uterus.
While there are possible complications that may result in a vaginal birth following a cesarean section, they are not as common as many women think. The most common fear is of a uterine rupture during labor, where the uterus tears open. However, uterine ruptures are extremely rare, occurring in less than 1% of vaginal births following cesarean sections. The risk of any such complication can be assessed by our care team during your months of prenatal care.
Due to the possibility of complications, vaginal births following a cesarean section births are not usually performed in-home. We generally recommend VBAC births take place in our birth center where we can provide better emergency care should the need arise.
What we do to lower your risk of complications
Your caregiver will go over a comprehensive pre-birth checklist with you to assess the risk factors that determine whether or not you will be a candidate for this type of delivery. Some of the criteria that will be taken into account include:
Once this type of delivery has been deemed safe, your caregiver will regularly check all pertinent information in order to determine whether any changes have taken place which could have a negative impact on the birth.
When all risk factors have been eliminated, your caregiver will continue your prenatal care as usual. She will continue to monitor any changes closely throughout your prenatal care and during labor. Should there be any significant change, such as in the baby's heart rate during labor, a cesarean section may once again be required for the safety of the baby.
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We know many women want to try a VBAC, but get little support from the medical community. At FBS, we know the best way for a baby to birth is through the vaginal birth canal and we do whatever we can to help make a VBAC a reality for our mothers.
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