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South Sound Womens Center

OB-GYNs located in Olympia, WA

If you had a C-section but want to have your next baby vaginally, trust the expert team of OB/GYNs at South Sound Women’s Center. It’s one of the only practices in the Olympia, Washington, area that offers VBACs — or vaginal birth after cesarean — as an option for your birth plan. If you don’t have serious problems from childbirth, the doctors can evaluate you and determine if you’re a good candidate for this birth option. Call the office to book an appointment for a thorough exam and consultation about a VBAC procedure.


South Sound Womens Center

Why would I consider a VBAC?

You might want a VBAC to avoid major abdominal surgery and possible complications, such as blood loss and infection. A C-section also typically requires you to stay in the hospital longer after you’ve given birth and has a longer recovery time. Every C-section you undergo also raises the risk of placenta previa and placenta accrete in future pregnancies.

Who is a good candidate for a VBAC?

The team at South Sound Women’s Center can help you determine if a VBAC is the right procedure for you. You may be a good candidate for a VBAC if you:

  • Had a low-transverse, or horizontal, incision
  • Have room in your pelvis to allow for vaginal birth
  • Haven’t had to have extensive uterine surgery or a uterine rupture
  • Have no medical conditions or obstetric problems

If you’re a candidate for a VBAC, a doctor and anesthesiologist are on hand to monitor your labor closely and change your birth plan to a C-section, if necessary.

You’re less likely to be a good candidate for a VBAC if you’re an older mom, overweight, have a large baby, or have only 18 months — or fewer — between pregnancies.

What should I expect with a VBAC?

If you and the team at South Sound Women’s Center agree that you want to go into labor with the intention of a VBAC, you enter TOLAC — or trial of labor after cesarean. When you’re in labor, you and the baby are closely monitored. If your baby’s heartbeat changes significantly or the baby shows other signs of distress, the birth plan may be changed to a C-section immediately. During a VBAC, you are hooked up to an IV and are asked to refrain from eating just in case a C-section must be performed.

How often does a woman who attempts a VBAC have to undergo a C-section?

The outcome of labor and delivery are hard to predict, and in as many as 40% of cases, a VBAC attempt results in a C-section. If you are younger than 35, your baby is in an optimal birth position, and your labor started on its own, the chances of a VBAC being successful are greater.

If you’re pregnant and considering a vaginal birth following a previous C-section, call the office or book an appointment online to find out if it’s a viable option for your birth plan.