RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Elmhurst, IL, Westchester, IL, Hinsdale, IL, Oak Park, IL & Addison, IL

Vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) or requires top quality and personalized care from experienced obstetricians. At RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology, with five convenient locations in Elmhurst, Addison, Westchester, Oak Park, and Hinsdale, Illinois, the compassionate physicians provide exceptional medical care, guidance, and support for women who’ve previously had a cesarean delivery and now wish to have a vaginal birth. Schedule your VBAC consultation online or call your nearest office today.


What is VBAC?

VBAC refers to vaginal birth after cesarean delivery. When a woman who has previously had a cesarean section is now attempting a vaginal childbirth, it’s called VBAC. Most women can have a successful vaginal birth following a cesarean.

Over 90% of women who have previously had cesarean deliveries are candidates for VBAC, and many go on to have a safe and healthy pregnancy and birth. The RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology providers are here to support you every step of the way.

Who is eligible for VBAC?

In most cases, you’re likely eligible for VBAC if:

  • You don’t have any underlying health problems that could prevent VBAC
  • Your baby is a normal size
  • Your baby is in the head-down position
  • You’ve had no more than two low transverse cesarean deliveries
  • You have no previous ruptures or additional uterine scars

During a personal in-depth consultation, your RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology obstetrician discusses VBAC in detail and determines your eligibility based on your current health and medical history. 

You might plan for a vaginal birth, but, in some cases, you might need a cesarean, so it’s essential you prepare for changes in your pregnancy plan.

If you’ve had previous vaginal deliveries, this increases your chances of having a successful VBAC. If a medication is used to induce labor, you might not be a suitable candidate for VBAC. You’re also not a candidate for VBAC if you’ve had a uterine rupture during a previous pregnancy.

What are the benefits of VBAC?

VBAC provides many benefits compared to a cesarean delivery, such as a shorter recovery and fewer health risks and complications.

In extremely rare cases, the incision site can fall apart, increasing the risk of cesarean scar rupture, but with the right medical care and support, of which you receive from RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology, you can have a safe and healthy pregnancy and vaginal birth.

You should prepare for your VBAC and work closely with your RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology obstetrician and medical team. You should make sure you prepare yourself for any possible changes in your delivery plan.

In some ways, a VBAC is different. When labor begins, and after admittance, you might have an exam and blood test. You might also have an IV intravenous line to supply fluids or medicines.

The team carefully monitors you throughout your pregnancy and birth for optimal health and safety.

To discuss VBAC, call RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology or schedule through the online system.