Many women are devastated when they learn that their babies must be born via cesarean. The “natural” method of delivering babies vaginally has been happening for thousands of years and is the expected method with any pregnancy. However, there are many times when a cesarean delivery is necessary for both the mother and baby (or babies). Today, however, just because a woman has delivered a baby via C-section does not mean that subsequent pregnancies must also be delivered by cesarean. Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC) is highly successful in almost 90% of women who choose to try. At Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates, P.A. we are happy to help women who are candidates for VBAC try for a vaginal delivery following a previous cesarean.
The greatest concern for women who have undergone a cesarean birth is uterine rupture during a subsequent vaginal delivery. However, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists gives promising statistics regarding this concern. They report that the risk of uterine rupture in a VBAC is 0.2 – 1.5%. These numbers are clearly in the mother’s favor.
There are certain criteria that must be met for women to be considered for a VBAC:
- They must have had no more than two previous low transverse cesarean deliveries.
- The original reason for a cesarean is not a concern for subsequent delivery.
- The baby must be in a head-down position.
- The baby is a normal size.
At Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates, P.A., we provide women who are good candidates the option of VBAC. There are many benefits to delivering a baby vaginally, yet this is not always an option for certain pregnancies. However, if there are no specific causes that determine the necessity of a repeat cesarean, the physicians at Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates, P.A. will help you determine if a VBAC is a good option for you.
We are a comprehensive obstetrics and gynecology practice, and our staff is committed to offering excellent medical care with sensitivity and compassion. If you are looking for an OB-GYN practice to trust, please call Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates, P.A. today.