More than 30% of women in the United States deliver their baby via cesarean section (C-section). Following a C-section delivery, you may have the option of repeating the surgical birth or having a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC). The experienced OB/GYNs at KEM Health Obstetrics & Gynecology  in Atlanta, Georgia, specialize in obstetric care and offer many delivery options, including VBAC. To learn more about VBAC and if it’s an option for you, call the office or book online today.

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What is a VBAC?

A VBAC, vaginal birth after cesarean, is a birth delivery option for women with a history of C-section. The C-section is an open surgical procedure that requires incisions through the abdomen and uterus to deliver a baby.

Following a C-section, pregnant women can choose between repeating the surgical procedure for delivery or attempting a VBAC. Many women want to experience natural birth, and the VBAC provides them that opportunity.

The OB/GYNs at KEM Health Obstetrics & Gynecology specialize in obstetrics and offer many birth delivery options to meet your delivery plan, including the VBAC.

What are the benefits of a VBAC delivery?

Electing to have a VBAC offers many benefits when compared to a C-section. This includes:

  • Lower risk of infection
  • Shorter recovery time
  • Less blood loss
  • No post-surgical pain

The VBAC prevents your risk of C-section-related complications, such as a bowel or bladder injury.

Many women also choose a VBAC because it allows them to develop their own personal birth plan.

Am I a candidate for a VBAC?

Your OB/GYN at KEM Health Obstetrics & Gynecology determines if you’re a candidate for VBAC after a consultation.

You may be a candidate if you have a history of a low transverse C-section. Prior history of a vaginal birth may also make you a candidate for a VBAC.

You may not be a good candidate for a VBAC if you have a vertical C-section scar, a history of uterine rupture, or other types of uterine surgeries such as fibroid removal.

What can I expect during a VBAC?

The specifics of your VBAC may depend on many factors. However, because there’s a possibility you may need a C-section, your OB/GYN at KEM Health Obstetrics & Gynecology recommends a hospital delivery for your VBAC.

Typically, you can expect your VBAC to progress like any other vaginal delivery. Once you go into labor, the women’s health experts closely monitor you and your baby and the progression of your labor until you have a successful delivery.

If there are any indications that your delivery isn’t progressing well or there are risks to you or your baby, your OB/GYN may recommend an emergency C-section.

To schedule your VBAC consultation at KEM Health Obstetrics & Gynecology , call the office or book an appointment online today.