Myths and Facts About VBACs

 North Atlanta Women's Care can help determine whether a VBAC is right for you.

Maybe you've always dreamed of a vaginal birth. Or want to avoid surgery. Or desire a faster recovery. There are a number of reasons why a woman may want to consider a vaginal birth after Cesarean (known as VBAC), but many believe it is not possible. Fortunately, a number of the myths surrounding this procedure turn out to be false.

At North Atlanta Women's Care located in Johns Creek and Alpharetta, Georgia, the practice offers everything from routine well-woman exams, family planning, and obstetric care to treatment for various gynecologic issues. The all-female team of board-certified gynecologic and obstetric physicians provide individualized supportive care, while encouraging women to take control of their reproductive health.

In previous decades, it was believed once a woman had had a C-section, she would deliver any future children in the same manner. For many women, however, this doesn't have to be true. Other myths and misconceptions surrounding VBACs include:

Myth: VBAC will cause a uterine rupture.

Fact: Many women may fear if they try to deliver vaginally their uterus will rupture at the spot of the previous incision. In reality, however, uterine rupture happens in less than one percent of women who are attempting a vaginal birth after Cesarean.

It is important to note that the type of scar can help determine the risk.

Looking at the scar on the skin cannot determine what kind of incision was made, so it's important to get the medical records from the previous C-section for the OB/GYN and other health care staff to evaluate.

Myth: If a woman has had two C-sections previously, she should not attempt VBAC.

Fact: Research has shown the rate of likely success is similar to that of women attempting a VBAC after a single C-section. Some research has suggested there may be a small increased risk of uterine rupture and/or complications, however.

Myth: Women pregnant with twins cannot try VBAC.

Fact: VBAC success rates in women pregnant with twins who have had one previous C-section are similar to those in women pregnant with just one baby. Studies have also shown there is no increased risk of the uterus rupturing or the mother or babies suffering complications.

Myth: It is illegal to have VBAC in some states.

Fact: Vaginal birth after C-section in a hospital setting is legal in all 50 states. Some states also allow it at home with a licensed midwife as long as certain requirements are met.

Myth: VBACs shouldn't be induced.

Fact: Induction is a possibility for women attempting VBAC though it is possible it may lessen the chance of success and/or increase the risk of complications.

If you're pregnant and hoping to deliver vaginally after having had a C-section, call or click to book an appointment with the doctors at North Atlanta Women's Care today to discuss your situation and determine which option is right for you.

 

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