Vaginal birth after a cesarean (VBAC) is a birth that is performed naturally rather than by surgery. There are many women who plan for a vaginal birth, but unfortunately, some complications may have lead to an emergency or even a planned C-section. This procedure involves making a surgical incision along the lower abdomen with a second incision being made in the uterus to deliver a baby safely. A cesarean can be really hard on a woman's body, but it can also be difficult emotionally as many moms hope for a successful vaginal birth. If you are pregnant and have had a C-section but would like to attempt a natural birth, call Women's Health at Valley View in Glenwood Springs, Basalt, or Silt, CO. Our highly trained and experienced OB/GYNs have been serving women of the Roaring Fork Valley area for many years and look forward to helping you grow your family.
Reasons for VBAC
There are various reasons to consider a VBAC:
- Shorter recovery time than cesarean
- Lower risk of surgical complications
- Decrease risk of scarring (which can impact future pregnancies)
- The opportunity to move forward with your personalized birth plan
"Dr. Joel Dickens was our doctor throughout my second pregnancy and birth of our daughter two years ago. He was great about answering any of our questions and addressing any concerns we had along the way. He never made me feel like any of my questions were unimportant or silly and I was never made to feel that my concerns were irrational. I am now in my last weeks of my third pregnancy and am much less anxious knowing this baby and I are in good hands with Dr. Dickens. We highly recommend Dr. Joel Dickens!"- Anonymous / Vitals / Nov 19, 2018
"My son was with me at my appintment and he was not feeling well. Beth at the front desk made sure that we got checked in quickly and took us to a room where my son could lay down. The nurse was also fantastic! She came in a made sure we were both taken care of and comfortable. This made our whole experience so good! I have enjoyed having Dr. McCarty take care of me for both of my pregnancies, she does a great job!"- Anonymous / SurveyVitals / Dec 19, 2020
"Dr. Katie took the time to answer any questions. I had and asked many questions about my physical and mental health. The nurse Nicole was very kind and friendly, I appreciated that she let me know a few minutes before the physician came in to get undressed so I felt more comfortable while waiting."- Anonymous / SurveyVitals / Dec 19, 2020
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"My son is almost 3 months and my initial intent was a home birth however with some pregnancy complications, I transferred to the clinic and my experience with Women’s Health was amazing. Everyone there is knowledgeable, open, friendly and helpful. I had a natural childbirth of a nearly 9lbs baby and Brenda Hanson was so encouraging and helpful. She really helped me make it through along with all of the staff at the family birthplace. It was truly a great experience that my husband, son and I are all grateful for. Could not be happier with the care."- A.B. / Google / Mar 05, 2020
A VBAC isn't for everyone as there are many factors to consider in order to move forward safely. At Women's Health at Valley View, we evaluate each patient case carefully while keeping the health of you and your baby at the forefront of our minds. Typically, ideal candidates do not have a high vertical uterine incision, no prior uterine rupture, or previous uterine surgeries (fibroid removal). Other factors that may prevent a VBAC is advanced age, 40+ week pregnancy, stalled labor, and obesity.
Risks of a VBAC
Although rare, the main risk involved with vaginal birth after a C-section is that the original cesarean incision may tear. This is known as a uterine tear, which can cause extreme blood loss that can be life-threatening for the mother and baby. On average, 60 – 80% of women have a successful vaginal delivery after a C-section.
What to Expect
The procedure process is the same for VBACs as it is with traditional vaginal births. When you go into labor, you'll move forward with your personalized birth plan and check into our care facility at Valley View Hospital. During your initial consultation with your OB/GYN, we will review all risks factors involved, but in order to provide the utmost safety for you and your baby, our medical team will closely monitor your baby's heart rate throughout your labor. We will also be prepared to perform an emergency C-section, if medically necessary.
Meet with an OB/GYN
If you are eligible and are considering a vaginal delivery after you have had a C-section, then we invite you to call Women's Health at Valley View in Glenwood Springs, CO. One of our board-certified OB/GYNs can sit down with you to listen to your concerns, answer any questions you may have, and review all the risks involved so you can move forward with the safest birth plan possible. We are here to guide you with leading medical care you can depend on.