|Vaginal Birth After Cesarean
Have you had a Cesarean Section for the birth of your baby? Do you know someone who has? Have you heard the phrase, "Once a Cesarean, always a Cesarean"? Do you think it's true?
If the answer to any of these questions is "yes," you will want to know more about Vaginal Birth After Cesarean, or "VBAC" (pronounced "VEE-Back").
Here are a few facts about Cesarean Section that you might not be aware of:
Across the country, there is an initiative to lower the Cesarean Section rate and raise the VBAC rate. "Cycles for Change" is the catchword that describes efforts to reach the goal of a 15% Cesarean rate and a 65% VBAC rate in the next year. "Once a Cesarean, always a Cesarean" no longer holds true. In fact, women with two previous Cesarean Sections can now labor. The only absolute contraindication specific to a VBAC trial of labor is a previous vertical incision on your uterus.
What can you do to increase the chances of having a VBAC?
To join the initiative "Cycles For Change" and be part of a growing team that is working very hard to make birth more of a process and less of a medical event, contact the hospital or birthing center at which you will give birth.
|Peggy DeZinno is the coordinator of Women's Education, Life Learning at Yale New-Haven Hospital. She and her husband live in Prospect with their three daughters. NOTE: This information should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your personal healthcare provider.|
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