CBS6 Working for Your Health: Vaginal birth after C-section



– [Narrator] At six,
Working For Your Health sponsored by HCA Virginia. – It's estimated about 30% of women have c-sections during child birth and while sometimes
c-sections are necessary doctors are hoping they'll give women the option for a natural
child birth when possible. Our Tracy Sears has this
Working For Your Health report. – [Tracy Sears] Having
a baby is one of the happiest moments in a woman's life and the ability to chose a
birthing option is important. In year's past, if you
delivered by ceasarean section and became pregnant again the odds were you would have another c-section but today doctors are
hoping to give more women the opportunity to have
a natural child birth. Doctor Jerry Lucas is an
obstetrician and gynecologist at Chipennham Medical Center. – In many cases women are very receptive to it because ideally they
wanted to have a vaginal delivery the first time but if something
happened that precluded that from happening the
opportunity, a safe opportunity, to have a vaginal delivery
again can be, can be appealing. – [Tracy Sears] Vaginal
birth after cesarean, also known as VBAC, allows patients the opportunity
to safely deliver naturally if they meet certain criteria including the incision
on the previous delivery. – As long as the incision
on the uterus is horizontal, than you tend to be a good
candidate than at that point. – [Tracy Sears] Research shows woman who attempt a labor delivery after c-section have about
a 60-80% success rate and there's several advantages
to a natural child birth. – The advantages of them being able to successfully have a vaginal birth after cesarean section then becomes really being able to get back to your normal activity much faster, to be able to then have
a shorter hospital stay, less blood loss, and really an easier
delivery if that's possible. – [Tracy Sears] The risk
of natural child birth after c-section included uterine rupture, where a woman can hemorrhage
and a baby lose oxygen if an emergency c-section
isn't performed immediately. But the risks are minimal if the previous incision
is horizontal and low. Dr. Lucas says that's why it's important to talk to your physician and make a decision that is best for you. Working for your health, I'm Tracy Sears.

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