Orange Blossom Women's Group
Board Certified OB-GYNS, Midwives & Advanced Nurse Practitioners located in New Port Richey, FL & Land O' Lakes, FL
In the United States, more than 30% of babies are delivered via cesarean section (C-section). Contrary to popular belief, having one C-section doesn’t mean you can never have a vaginal birth. Reut Bardach, MD, and the experienced women’s health team at Orange Blossom Women's Group in Trinity, Florida, offer vaginal birth after C-section (VBAC) as a birthing option for women. To schedule a consultation to learn more about VBAC and see if it’s a birthing option for you, call the office or request an appointment online today.
VBAC Q & A
What is vaginal birth after C-section (VBAC)?
VBAC is a delivery option for pregnant women who’ve previously had a C-section. Though many women have successful trials of labor after C-section (TOLAC), not all OB/GYNs or hospitals offer VBAC as a delivery option.
Dedicated to meeting the birthing plans of all their expectant mothers, the experienced team at Orange Blossom Women's Group offers VBAC as a delivery option.
What are the benefits of VBAC?
There are many benefits of VBAC for you and your OB/GYN. For example, if you plan on having more children, a TOLAC and VBAC may prevent the need for C-sections for your future children.
Other benefits of VBAC include:
- Reduced recovery time
- Lower risk of surgical complications
- Opportunity for you to exercise your personal birth plan
You may also be able to get to go home with your new baby a lot sooner.
Am I a good candidate for VBAC?
During your obstetrics appointments, the experienced team at Orange Blossom Women's Group determines if you’re a good candidate for VBAC.
You may be able to have a VBAC if:
- Your current pregnancy is routine and not high risk
- You have a history of only one or two normal C-sections
- You have a history of vaginal delivery
Though VBAC is an option for many women, you may not be considered a good candidate if you have a classical uterine incision and scar, a history of uterine rupture, or a history of previous uterine surgery, such as removal of fibroids.
Even if the team considers you a good candidate for VBAC, once labor starts the team may need to reassess your delivery plan if there are concerns about your health or your baby’s health.
What happens during a VBAC delivery?
The specifics of your VBAC delivery may depend on many factors. However, if all goes well, your VBAC should go as smoothly as any normal vaginal delivery.
The team at Orange Blossom Women's Group works closely with you and follows your birth plan as discussed, which may or may not include medication to ease discomfort.
For safety reasons, the team recommends VBAC deliveries be performed at the hospital so your provider and other medical professionals can closely monitor you and your baby throughout labor and delivery.
To discuss VBAC and your birth plan with the women’s health experts at Orange Blossom Women's Group, call the office or click the online booking button to schedule your consultation today.
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