Nile Women's Health Care
OBGYNs & Certified Midwives located in Roswell, GA & Johns Creek, GA
If you’ve had a prior cesarean section but want to try natural childbirth for your next child, the OB/GYN team at Nile Women's Health Care in Roswell and Suwanee, Georgia, have options for you. The doctors evaluate your pregnancy and delivery history, as well as your overall health to determine if a VBAC, or vaginal birth after cesarean, is right for you. If you’re thinking about a VBAC, call one of the offices for an appointment or schedule online today.
VBAC Q & A
What is a VBAC?
After you’ve given birth via C-section, you have the option to repeat the surgical procedure or try a natural, vaginal delivery with your next child.
You don’t always choose to have a cesarean section. Your past doctor possibly performed a C-section due to the baby's distress, positioning, or other medical reasons. Many women who’ve had a C-section want to experience a natural birth. A VBAC gives them that option.
The OB/GYNs and midwives at Nile Women’s Health Care offer a variety of delivery options, including VBAC.
Why should I consider a VBAC delivery?
VBAC offers a variety of benefits when compared to a repeat C-section, including:
- Shorter recovery time
- Less blood loss
- Lower risk of infection
- Reduced risk of C-section complications like bowel or bladder injury
With a VBAC, you avoid the post-surgical abdominal pain associated with cesarean sections.
A VBAC also allows you to create your own personal birth plan that may include water birth or other options.
Am I a candidate for a VBAC?
The providers at Nile Women’s Health Care conduct a thorough review of your current and past medical health and pregnancy history to determine if you’re a VBAC candidate.
Factors that make you a candidate for a VBAC include:
- History of a low transverse C-section
- Prior history of vaginal birth
- Low-risk pregnancy
If you have a vertical C-section scar, a history of uterine rupture, or past uterine surgeries like fibroid removal, you may not be a candidate for a VBAC.
What can I expect during a VBAC?
Your delivery experience is unique to you. The Nile Women’s Health Care team may recommend a hospital delivery if you’re attempting a VBAC, though, as you do have a higher risk of needing a C-section if complications occur.
Your VBAC progresses like any other vaginal delivery. Once you go into labor, the hospital team monitors you and your baby closely until you’re ready to deliver.
If delivery complications arise and there may be a risk to you or your baby, your doctor may recommend an emergency C-section.
If you’re ready to explore the possibility of having a VBAC, call Nile Women’s Health Care or schedule an appointment online today.
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