Sorting out the facts and the wives’ tales
It’s come out in recent years that El Paso hospitals have some of the highest c-section rates in the U.S.
Not only are unnecessary first-time c-sections an epidemic here, many practitioners give women the impression that their future babies can only be born through cesarean.
There is a truly concerning prevalence of myths and misconceptions about the safety of VBAC, and unfortunately many El Paso women and babies pay the price.
Your birth experience and desires matter
If you’ve had a past c-section, you have a right to question whether another is really the best choice when you become pregnant again.
You may feel:
- A desire to experience a natural vaginal birth
- Unconvinced that your previous c-section was medically necessary
- Concerned about the risks and recovery that accompany a c-section
- A desire for emotional healing from a previous traumatic c-section
We want to share some of the top myths about VBAC, and help you make empowered, informed choices for your birth, as well as give you facts to share with the women around you about the safety of VBAC.
Myth: Once a c-section, always a c-section
In previous decades, women who had c-sections and sought information on the safety of VBAC were brushed off with a doctor’s authoritative pronouncement that their uterus would rupture during labor or birth.
Certainly, the mental image of a ripe uterus ripping open is enough to make anyone choose the “safest route.” But is another c-section really the “safe” choice?
The greater risk seems to be for women who have vertical c-section incisions, which are quite rare today. Naturally, your provider will talk with you about your health and specific situation, but take comfort in the researched fact that uterine rupture poses a very small risk to the safety of VBAC — and the risk does not increase with multiple c-sections.
Myth: Twins cannot be born via VBAC
At The Retreat we love twin births! But many women assume that since hospitals tend to label both VBAC and twin pregnancy as “high risk,” a twin VBAC is automatically out of the question.
VBACs are not automatically high risk, and neither are twin births!
There are other accompanying factors we look for with both VBAC and twin pregnancies that help us determine whether a pregnancy merits the “high risk” label, but having twins after a c-section is not reason enough by itself to destine you to deliver your twins via c-section.
In fact, since 2010 The American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecologists has supported low-risk twin VBAC. Here’s a look at some of the research on the safety of VBAC for twin births.
Myth: It’s illegal to have a VBAC in my state
Many women never even feel comfortable asking their provider about the possibility of a VBAC because they’ve heard through the grapevine that VBACs are illegal in some states because they’re dangerous and create liability for hospitals and medical professionals.
In Texas, New Mexico, and all 48 other states, there is not a single law that prohibits a woman from having a VBAC!
You may run into doctors and hospitals that do not allow VBACs, but that’s due to their procedures and protocol, not the safety of VBAC or the law. You are always free to seek a second opinion from another practitioner who is open to and experienced with VBAC — like our own Lynn Arnold, LM, CPM.
What kind of birth do you want?
Our founder and administrative/clinical director at The Retreat, Lynn Arnold, is passionate about empowering women to have safe, informed births.
Lynn is also internationally respected for her experience attending and educating about special circumstance births, including VBAC, twin birth, and breech birth.
If you’ve had a c-section and you’re curious (and possibly a little nervous!) to hear more about the safety of VBAC, we would love to sit down with you and answer your questions.
Give us a call or send us a message today!
To learn more about having a VBAC at The Retreat please call (915) 308-5000 or click here.