VBAC

Women's Healthcare Consultants of Gwinnett

Obstetricians & Gynecologists & Aesthetic Medical Spa located in Lawrenceville, GA

About 70% of women who have had a Cesarean section in the past are able to safely have a vaginal birth after Cesarean (VBAC) for a future birth. At Women’s Healthcare Consultants of Gwinnett in Lawrenceville, Georgia, OB/GYN Joseph Pohl, MD, and his team can tell you if VBAC is an option for you and help you decide between VBAC and another Cesarean section. For more information about the benefits and risks of VBAC, book an appointment at the concierge-style practice by phone or online today.

VBAC Q & A

What is VBAC?

Vaginal birth after Cesarean (VBAC) is one of your birthing options if you’ve had a child via Cesarean section (C-section) in the past. Your other option is to have a second C-section. The team at Women’s Healthcare Consultants of Gwinnett helps you explore both options and decide which is the better strategy for your upcoming birth. 

VBAC is just like any other vaginal delivery. It doesn’t involve an incision in your abdomen, and the baby exits through the birth canal. During the birth, the team constantly monitors your baby’s heart rate and is prepared for an emergency C-section if you need one.  

What are the benefits of VBAC?

VBAC offers many benefits that don’t come with having a repeat C-section. When you discuss VBAC with the team at Women’s Healthcare Consultants of Gwinnett, you should weigh both the benefits and the risks. Many women prefer VBAC if they are candidates because of the following advantages over having a second surgery:

  • Less time in the hospital
  • Less recovery time at home
  • Fewer possible complications
  • Less costly

A repeat C-section is a surgery and therefore includes risks and possible complications associated with surgery, like bleeding, organ injury, and infection. The most prominent risk of VBAC is a less than 1% chance of uterine rupture. 

Am I a good candidate for VBAC?

The team at Women’s Healthcare consultants of Gwinnett reviews your medical history, the details of your previous birth, and the details of your current pregnancy to decide whether or not you’re a good candidate for VBAC. You might be a candidate for VBAC if:

  • You’ve had no more than two C-sections in the past
  • You don’t have uterine scars or previous ruptures
  • Your baby is of normal size
  • You have no major health complications

There are many other factors to consider and each case is different. The team at Women’s Healthcare Consultants of Gwinnett helps you create a safe, appropriate birth plan even if you have a high-risk pregnancy. 

What happens after VBAC?

The team at Women’s Healthcare Consultants of Gwinnett is committed to helping you through pregnancy, your birth, and what comes afterward. After your VBAC, you might need further treatment for postpartum depression and other post-pregnancy complications affecting you or your baby. If your family is complete after your VBAC, the team offers hysterectomies and tube tying as permanent birth control to ensure you won’t get pregnant again in the future.

To consult with an expert and decide if VBAC is right for you, call Women’s Healthcare Consultants of Gwinnett, or book an appointment online today.