Wednesday, September 22, 2010
VBACs are back
Somehow I missed the news that back in July, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists issued new guidelines on vaginal birth after cesarean sections, or VBAC. According to ACOG:
"Attempting a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) is a safe and appropriate choice for most women who have had a prior cesarean delivery, including for some women who have had two previous cesareans."
This is great news. Why? Many doctors have long used fear of uterine rupture and other serious complications to sway mothers into electing for C-sections a second (or more) time(s). But ACOG admits uterine rupture happens in only about one-half of one-percent of VBACs.
It's also great news because vaginal births are better for mom, as outlined by ACOG:
"A VBAC avoids major abdominal surgery, lowers a woman's risk of hemorrhage and infection, and shortens postpartum recovery. It may also help women avoid the possible future risks of having multiple cesareans such as hysterectomy, bowel and bladder injury, transfusion, infection, and abnormal placenta conditions (placenta previa and placenta accreta)."
Vaginal births are also good for baby, as they allow immediate bonding and breastfeeding time with mother.
So if you've had a C-section and are considering a VBAC, know that they are officially safe and be sure to find a birthing professional who will support you in achieving your goals.