Vaginal Birth After Cesarean in Middleburg and Orange Park, FL
Many women prefer to have a vaginal birth in comparison to a cesarean for a wide variety of reasons. A majority of those who have already delivered by C-section can still opt for a vaginal delivery with a later pregnancy, which is known as a vaginal birth after cesarean, or VBAC. The highly trained OBGYNs at Dr. Hyler & Associates have extensive experience providing care to women who decide to have a VBAC. Call (904) 264-1628 to request an appointment at our OBGYN clinic in Middleburg or Orange Park, FL today!
What Are the Advantages of a VBAC?
Some simply prefer to try for a vaginal delivery rather than scheduling a C-section, but there are several other attractive factors to consider about a VBAC, such as:
- Quicker recovery time.
- Lowered risk of complications during delivery.
- Better outlook for future pregnancies.
- Keeping the baby’s lungs clear as they pass through the birth canal.
- Being able to avoid potential blood clots in the legs or pelvis.
Who is a Candidate for a VBAC?
Approximately 90% of women who previously had a C-section are candidates for a vaginal birth after cesarean. The necessary characteristics of such patients include women who:
- Are carrying a baby of average size who is facing with their head down.
- Have no serious medical problems.
- Have had 2 or less low transverse cesarean deliveries.
- Will have a medical professional available during the delivery to monitor their labor and be able to perform an emergency cesarean if necessary.
- Do not have uterine scars, previous uterine ruptures, or any other abnormalities of the uterus.
Who is Not a Candidate for a VBAC?
The other 10% of those who have undergone a cesarean delivery and are not ideal for a VBAC usually include women who:
- Have a history of 2 or more prior cesareans and no vaginal deliveries.
- Experienced a uterine rupture.
- Need to be induced.
- Are of a more mature age.
- Had a prior surgery involving the uterus such as fibroid removal.
- Gained an abnormally large amount of weight during their pregnancy.
- Recently gave birth (up to 18 months ago).
- Previously experienced preeclampsia.
- Have had a prior high vertical uterine incision.
Utilize Your Resources
Childbirth is not the same for everyone. Make sure that you speak with your OBGYN specialist about the possibility of having a VBAC so that they can tell you more about your individual odds of success using that method of delivery.