Once a C-section, always a C-section?
SARASOTA - Pregnancy and childbirth can be a beautiful and overwhelming time for moms-to-be. For moms looking to have a vaginal birth after cesarean, options can be downright frustrating.
The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists says infection, blood loss and uterine rupture as some of the risks associated with a VBAC.
Nurse Midwife Elizabeth Gutierrez with Sarasota OB/GYN says the first step is to evaluate your risk.
GUTIERREZ: “First and foremost they to have a certain type of cesarean section, so they have to have that low transverse uterine scar. Another would be that they have only had one cesarean section. Another would be, why did they have a cesarean section.”
National non-profit International Cesarean Awareness Network states 1 in 3 birth are via cesarean in the United States.
New ICAN Sarasota chapter leader Aron Owens hopes to open the VBAC discussion to Suncoast expectant moms.
“I would like to remind each person let moms know, no you call the shots. The risk for actually rupture during your first csection is very low. You’re first vaginal birth after cesarean is less than 1%, its around .06, .07% and it goes down for every VBAC that you have," says Owens.
Gutierrez says Sarasota OB/GYN performs their VBACS safely at Sarasota Memorial Hospital.
"There are lots of risks that comes with a cesection so theres risk that comes with both sides. We, I would say, more times than not are pro-VBAC, at least pro trial of labor," says Gutierrez.
For more information on the risks and benefits of a VBAC, visit ACOG.