If you are considering vaginal birth after a cesarean (VBAC), you’re not alone. Each year, more and more women are choosing to attempt a VBAC. And why wouldn’t they? A vaginal birth is generally shorter, involves less pain medication, has a quicker recovery time, and comes with a lesser risk of complications than a repeat C-section. Not to mention, it can be empowering and satisfying to give birth vaginally after having a C-section. Dr. Craig Ranch of McKinney, TX, encourages women to learn more about this process and the potential risks that may occur.
Risks associated with attempting a VBAC for your next child
Of course, there are always some risks associated with VBAC that you should be aware of before making your decision. These include the slight possibility of uterine rupture (when the scar from your previous C-section tears open) and complications related to anesthesia.
What should I know about the VBAC process to have a positive and safe experience?
That being said, VBAC is a safe and viable option for many women who have previously had a C-section. If you’re considering VBAC, here’s what you need to know.
First and foremost, choose a care provider who supports your decision to attempt a VBAC. Not all providers are equally supportive of this choice, so do your research and find one who will be on your team throughout the entire process.
It’s also important to be sure that you are physically ready for labor. This means having a low-transverse scar from your previous C-section, as well as no other uterine or placental abnormalities. If you are unsure if you meet this criteria, Dr. Craig Ranch can help you determine whether or not VBAC is right for you.
If everything goes as planned, you should be able to have a successful VBAC and avoid a repeat C-section. However, a C-section may still be necessary if complications arise during labor.
Learn more about your candidacy for VBAC
No matter what happens, remember that you are the one in charge of your birth experience. Be sure to advocate for yourself and make the best choices for you and your baby with Dr. Craig Ranch and his team. Call 214-544-6600 to schedule an initial evaluation with our team of providers and find out if VBAC is right for you!