VBAC Specialist

Comprehensive Women's Health

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Birmingham, MI & Oxford, MI

If you have previously had a C-section for delivery of your baby, but are interested in a trial to labor after Caesarean, you may be a candidate for vaginal birth after Caesarean (VBAC). Dr. Lana Powell at Comprehensive Women’s Health in Oxford and Birmingham, Michigan, wants to work with you for the best possible delivery for your little one and you. Call either office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Powell for more information about your delivery options.


What is VBAC?

VBAC refers to delivering your baby vaginally after you have previously had a Caesarean delivery. Many women consider VBAC because of a shorter recovery time after delivery and a lower risk of surgical complications. If you are planning on having more children, VBAC reduces the risk of scarring from C-section surgery. VBAC is not for every woman, but Dr. Powell will explain if you are a candidate for VBAC.

How will I know if I am a candidate for VBAC?

Dr. Powell will discuss reasons you may want to consider VBAC, including if you are pregnant with only one baby, or if you do not have a high, vertical uterine incision or a prior uterine rupture.

If you have had more than one C-section or if you are carrying triplets or a higher order of multiples, the team at Comprehensive Women’s Health recommend a planned C-section. Other factors decrease your likelihood of VBAC such as:

  • Stalled labor
  • Advanced age of mother
  • Excessive weight gain during pregnancy
  • Preeclampsia
  • Need for induction of labor

Dr. Powell will answer any further questions you have about your individual birth experience and if you are a candidate.

Is VBAC safe after a Caesarean section?

Any concerns you may have about VBAC are best discussed with Dr. Powell. They will explain any risks associated with VBAC that are more specific to your pregnancy. If you can labor without complications, VBAC is quite safe. If you aren’t laboring without complications, you are at higher risk of uterine rupture. If your uterus tears during labor, you will need an emergency C-section. Your team discusses how the risks directly relate to your pregnancy and delivery.

How can I prepare for VBAC?

Speak with Dr. Powell about all your concerns and questions as soon as possible in your pregnancy, such as during your first prenatal appointment. VBAC childbirth classes teach you what to expect during delivery. Select a hospital capable of handling an emergency C-section. When you start labor, do your best to relax and work with your body during labor.

If you think you are a candidate for VBAC and are ready to discuss your delivery with a caring and professional team, call Comprehensive Women’s Health for your appointment, or book online at your convenience.