Advanced OB/GYNE Associates
Obstetricians & Gynecologists & Women's Health Clinic located in Hoffman Estates, IL & Arlington Heights, IL
If you’re pregnant or thinking about expanding your family and have previously had a cesarean section, at Advanced OB/GYNE Associates in Hoffman Estates and Arlington Heights, Illinois, doctors have extensive experience helping women have vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC). With the right medical care, guidance, and support, you can have a successful vaginal delivery after a prior C-section. Discuss your eligibility, preferences, and pregnancy plans with a compassionate provider: Book your VBAC consultation online or call the friendly office staff at Advanced OB/GYNE Associates today to learn more.
VBAC Q & A
What are TOLAC and VBAC?
Trial of labor after cesarean (TOLAC) delivery refers to when a woman who has previously had a C-section is now attempting vaginal childbirth. Most women can successfully have a vaginal birth following a cesarean. A successful TOLAC leads to vaginal birth after cesarean delivery (VBAC).
More than 90% of women who have previously undergone cesarean deliveries are candidates for VBAC, and many go on to have a healthy and safe pregnancy and delivery.
Who is a good candidate for VBAC?
You can likely have a vaginal birth after cesarean if:
- Your baby is a normal size
- Your baby is in the head-down position
- You have no additional uterine scars or previous ruptures
- You’ve had no more than two low transverse cesarean deliveries
- You don’t have any other underlying health complications that could prevent VBAC
During your in-depth consultation, Dr. Das discusses TOLAC and VBAC and determines your eligibility based on your medical history and current health. You might plan for a vaginal birth but be referred for a cesarean, so it’s essential to prepare for changes in your pregnancy plan.
If you’ve had previous vaginal deliveries, this increases the probability of a successful VBAC. If labor needs to be induced with medication, you might not be a good candidate for VBAC. If you’ve had a previous uterine rupture during pregnancy, you’re not a candidate for VBAC.
What are the benefits of VBAC?
VBAC offers many benefits compared to cesarean delivery, including shorter recovery period and fewer health complications and risks.
While there is a possibility of cesarean scar rupture, this is extremely rare, and with the right medical care and support, you can have a healthy and safe pregnancy and vaginal birth.
It’s essential to prepare for your VBAC and work closely with Dr. Das and your health care team.
A VBAC is different in some ways. When labor begins, and you go to the hospital, you might have a blood test and an exam. You might also have an IV line started to supply medicines or fluids.
Throughout your pregnancy and delivery, you’re carefully monitored to ensure optimal safety. To learn more, call Advanced OB/Gyne Associates or use online booking to schedule a consultation.
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