Pregnancy is a magical experience. But it is also one of the most physically and mentally taxing. Many think that the nine months prior to your baby’s arrival should be spent preparing the nursery and brushing up on your baby knowledge. But we recommend you take these nine months to care for and get to know your new pregnant self.
A vaginal birth after Cesarean (VBAC)— pronounced “vee-back,” for short—refers to giving birth vaginally after already having had a Cesarean section (C-section).
Our Approach to VBAC
Historically, medical opinions about whether or not a woman should attempt a VBAC have been mixed. But “once a Cesarean, always a Cesarean” no longer holds true. Some women are better candidates than others and your provider can help you determine if VBAC is a safe option for you.
We believe every woman should have the resources and autonomy to make an informed choice about what birth plan makes the most sense for her and her baby.
Benefits of Vaginal Birth After Cesarean
Benefits of vaginal births, including VBACs, include:
- Shorter recovery time and hospital stay
- Fewer postpartum complications such as infections
- Fewer risks for subsequent pregnancies
Risks of VBAC
There is a small, but real, risk of uterine rupture for women choosing a VBAC. This is when the scar on your uterus opens while the baby is still inside during a vaginal delivery. For this reason, women choosing a VBAC are monitored closely while in labor and must have their delivery in a hospital where a full clinical staff is present at all times in case a C-section is needed.
To ensure the safety of mom and baby, Inspira patients delivering VBAC do so in a medical center with a full clinical team of OB/GYN physicians, anesthesiologists and in-house pediatricians. It allows us to also offer advanced neonatal intensive care, if needed.
Inspira Labor & Delivery Specialists
An Inspira OB/GYN or certified nurse midwife can answer any questions or concerns you may have when deciding if a VBAC makes sense for you.