Today, many babies are born via Cesarean section. In fact, in 2008, it was estimated by the CDC that approximately one in four babies was born this way. However, many women who have given birth by cesarean section want to experience vaginal birth. In situations such as this, these women might want to talk to their doctor about VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean).
VBAC vs. Cesarean section
When a cesarean section needs to be performed to deliver a baby, it can be disappointing for the new mothers who are expecting to deliver via a traditional vaginal birth. Additionally, it can create grief and trauma that can be problematic for the mother. Knowing that a mother might be able to have a subsequent baby vaginally can help these women heal following a C-section. However, it is not possible for all women, and an open, honest conversation with your OB/GYN is the first step in learning more. It is reported that women who deliver VBAC are successful approximately 13% of the time, even though about 60% of women attempt it.
What are the risks of VBAC?
While women who want to deliver vaginally after C-Sections may consider vaginal birth, it is vital that women fully understand the risks. The primary concern is that of uterine rupture. Uterine rupture is a condition that can occur with VBAC, but statistically only impacts about 1% of women who attempt it. There are many VBAC success stories, and Dr. Craig Ranch can help women decide if VBAC is right for their unique situation and emotional needs.
Learn more about VBAC
If you are considering your options for childbirth and are looking to have a vaginal birth after a Cesarean section, it is time to speak to your doctor about VBAC. Dr. Craig Ranch and his team are here to help McKinney, TX area women discuss ways in which they can bring a child into the world—and a possible vaginal, natural birth following previous C-sections. The office is located at 7900 Henneman Way, Suite #100 and can be reached by phone to book an appointment at (214) 544-6600.