What Are Your Opinions on Vbacs?

QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
Hi, I have had 2 previous c-sections. My first was 4 1/2 years ago to deliver my twins. The second was 21 months ago. I was told by my Dr that he would absolutely not do vbac, and I wasn't fully convinced I wanted one anyway, so I went ahead with that. I liked and respected that Dr.

Now I am on my 3rd pregnancy, and I live in a different area. This Dr. may consider a vbac, but I am still a little concerned about the risks. Would you mind telling me your opinions on the subject? I am really sitting on the fence and I am just looking for information.

Thanks!

ANSWER

I would strongly suggest that you visit http://www.ican-online.org/. This is a reliable website with up to date information about VBAC using the latest research. Take the time to read all they have to say, and maybe go to some of the links also. Do your research, and you will figure out what is right for you.

--Cynthia, CNM

Cynthia Flynn

Cynthia Flynn, CNM. PhD, is the General Director of the Family Health and Birth Center which provides prenatal, birth, postnatal, gynecological and primary health care to underserved women and their families in Washington, D.C. Recently Cynthia served as Associate Professor of Nursing at Seattle University. There she not only taught, but remained in full scope clinical midwifery practice at Valley Medical Center where she cared for pregnant and birthing women, and practices well-woman gynecology, family planning, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

Cynthia founded Columbia Women's Clinic and Birth Center, where she took care of pregnant women and infants up to two weeks of age and attended both birth center and hospital births. Before Cynthia earned her CNM, she worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery and postpartum and is a certified Doula and Doula trainer.