A vaginal delivery is the most common and safest way for a child to be born.
Uterine contractions push the baby down the birth canal and into the world. In some cases, forceps may be used to assist the delivery. At other times, Dr. Lee may use a vacuum to help when the baby’s descent through the birth canal slows or stops.
Each vaginal delivery is different. Some babies come quickly and on their own, while other times, Dr. Lee may administer medication to help strengthen contractions and make labor progress quickly.
When you can’t deliver your baby vaginally, Dr. Lee performs a cesarean section. Often called a C-section, these procedures are done for a variety of reasons. Some of the most common include when the baby is:
In many cases, a cesarean delivery is necessary after complications arise during an attempt at natural childbirth.
If you’ve already had one cesarean section and are pregnant again, Dr. Lee may suggest opting for a C-section instead of attempting a vaginal delivery. The procedure is typically scheduled before the body naturally goes into labor.
VBAC is the acronym for vaginal birth after cesarean. Although most women who’ve had a C-section opt to have another when pregnant, many are candidates for VBAC.
In some cases, Dr. Lee doesn’t recommend VBAC deliveries. That's because the uterus can be weak where the previous cut was made, putting you at risk for uterine rupture during natural delivery.
To be considered for a VBAC, you must have:
Also, the baby must be in the right position for delivery -- head down-- and not be too large, which is especially crucial for those who had a previous C-section due to the baby being unable to move below the pelvis due to size.
When you’re looking for a delivery specialist, contact Dr. Lee to see if you’re a candidate for VBAC. Call to schedule your appointment or book your initial consultation online today.
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