Can I Give Birth Vaginally After a C-Section?

It’s all too common to hear that you must have a C-section if you’ve had one before. Other doctors and hospitals may recommend this for specific reasons, but here at Craig Ranch OB/GYN, we feel confident in allowing you to try to give birth vaginally. In fact, we’re specially trained and focus on being able to provide necessary support and information to confidently allow you to give birth naturally, after a C-section. Keep reading to learn more about this, and how we can help.

Is it Possible to Have a Vaginal Birth After a Cesarean Section?

 It is completely possible to have a vaginal birth after a Cesarean section, when new advancements in medicine are taken into account. It’s estimated that at least 70% of women who attempt a vaginal birth after a Cesarean section are successful.

This wasn’t always the case. We use what is known as a low transverse incision. And by doing so, the risk of a uterine rupture during a vaginal delivery is dramatically reduced. New surgical techniques have improved the chances of a successful vaginal delivery even after numerous Cesarean sections. So, if you want to experience a vaginal birth, you now have the option.

Remember that you may still need a C-section. During a VBAC delivery, your provider will closely monitor the progress of the birth and make the decision for a Cesarean section if it is deemed necessary or safer for you and the baby.

What are the Possible Risks of This Type of Procedure?

Vaginal Birth After Cesarean Section may lead to the rupturing of the uterus, in very few cases. This is why many physicians automatically recommend C-sections, though it occurs only 1-2% of the time and will require an emergency C-Section.

We closely monitor our patients while they are in labor to make sure that you are taken care of. There are, of course, situations where trying a VBAC is not a good idea; we will discuss all the pros and cons with you during your prenatal consultations to ensure you are a good candidate to try for a vaginal birth after having had a C-section.

If you have been told you must have a C-section, but you want to try giving birth vaginally, give us a call. We specialize in helping women experience vaginal birth safely and effectively. Call us today at (214) 544-6600 to schedule a consultation.

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