Post C-Section Vaginal Birth Specialist

Steve Yu, MD

OBGYN located in Gaithersburg, MD

Bringing a baby into the world is a natural occurrence that sometimes turns into a surgical procedure called a C-section or cesarean. If you have had a C-section previously, but want to deliver your next child vaginally, make an appointment with board-certified physician Steve Yu, MD, at his Gaithersburg, Maryland, office to get an evaluation. Book online or call today.

Post C-Section Vaginal Birth Q & A

Can I successfully deliver vaginally after I’ve had a C-section?

Post-C-section vaginal birth, also known as vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC), is successful for many women. The chances of success are determined by a combination of factors, including:

  • The reason for your C-section
  • When your last C-section took place
  • If you’d need to be induced to go into labor
  • The number of previous C-sections you’ve had
  • The type of uterine incision that was used for your prior C-section
  • Having medical issues that may cause complications with a vaginal delivery
  • Having had at least one previous vaginal delivery before or after your prior C-section

If you are determined to be a good candidate for a vaginal birth, Dr. Yu helps prepare you during your prenatal care. When you go into labor, Dr. Yu closely monitors you and your baby. If there are any complications or signs of distress, he may need to proceed with a C-section.

What are the benefits of a post-C-section vaginal birth?

Since a C-section is a surgical procedure, your experience in the process is lessened and you have all the increased risks any surgery has. With a vaginal delivery, you and your family have a more active role and an enhanced emotional connection to the experience.

Other benefits include:

  • Less time in the hospital*
  • Less pain after delivery*
  • A shortened recovery time*  
  • Decreased risk of infection
  • No additional scar on your uterus

Do laparoscopic or laser surgeries play a role in post-C-section vaginal birth?

Both laparoscopic and laser surgeries are types of surgery that can be used to treat many OB/GYN conditions that may be obstacles for successful vaginal deliveries. Laparoscopy uses a lighted instrument called a laparoscope. The laparoscope is inserted in the lower abdomen through a small incision. Laser surgery uses laser technology to make the incision as opposed to a scalpel in traditional surgeries.  

Dr. Yu may also use laparoscopy to diagnose and examine the uterus prior to attempting a vaginal birth. Similarly, another diagnostic tool used for detecting problems with the uterus is hysteroscopy. This tool is a narrow, lighted telescope-like device, which is inserted into the vagina to view the uterus.

If you’d like to find out whether you are a good candidate for a post-C-section vaginal birth, contact Dr. Yu at his Gaithersburg, Maryland, office. Book your consultation online or call today.

*  Outcomes vary patient to patient