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Norton Healthcare delivers more babies in Louisville and Southern Indiana than any other provider. We offer a range of delivery options, including vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC).
If you have had a cesarean delivery (C-section) before, it still might be possible to deliver your next baby vaginally. Your Norton Healthcare provider will work with you to create the specific birth plan you want and the care you need.
If you and your doctor agree to try VBAC, you will have what is called a “trial of labor after cesarean,” or TOLAC. This means you will prepare for a vaginal birth and go into labor with the goal of delivering vaginally.
Research shows that women who attempt VBAC have about a 60 percent to 80 percent success rate of having a vaginal birth.
There are many reasons to consider VBAC, including:
Having a vaginal birth after a cesarean is a safe choice in most cases. You should discuss with your OB/GYN or midwife whether it’s right for you depending on several things, including why you had a C-section, the type of uterine incision used, how many cesareans you’ve had and your overall health.
Some women will be better candidates for VBAC than others. Our team will talk with you about previous pregnancies and your current health to determine whether VBAC is a good choice.
The primary risk of VBAC is rupture of the uterine scar from a prior cesarean delivery. However, a rupture occurs in only about 1 in 500 women who choose to deliver via VBAC.
If you choose VBAC, you’ll follow the same process that’s used for any vaginal delivery once you go into labor. As with any labor, the need for a C-section might arise once labor begins.
If an unexpected emergency arises during labor, Norton Healthcare is prepared to offer the best possible care.
More mothers in Louisville and Southern Indiana choose to deliver their babies at Norton Hospital or Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital than with any other hospital system in the area.
We deliver more than 8,000 babies a year. We’re close to you with more than 90 providers at more than 25 locations around Louisville and Southern Indiana. Choosing Norton Women’s Care gives you many options for how delivery day could go — all with the confidence of knowing that our obstetrics and pediatric specialists are there to help. With Norton Women’s Care you’ll find:
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