Planning a VBAC at Winchester Medical Center?

If you are planning a VBAC at Winchester Medical Center, here is what you need to know.

As an expecting mom we all know that sometimes pregnancy and birth do not go as planned. As those two pink lines come into view you realize your second baby is on it's way. In this case your first baby(ies) were born via cesarean. For whatever the reason, breech position, a labor that didn't progress, exhausted mom, or a baby that just wasn't tolerating labor any longer, this time you hope to have a VBAC.

What is a VBAC?

VBAC stands for Vaginal Birth After Cesarean, this is technically the term you are given after you have delivered vaginally. During labor you are in the midsts of a TOLAC (trial of labor after cesarean). ACOG's newest guidelines on VBAC are great, their goal is to reduce primary cesarean sections and also increase VBAC statistics all across America! Now that you are ready to prepare for a VBAC, where do you begin?

Let's Plan for a VBAC

While there are many options for families in winchester virginia looking for prenatal care providers, many women feel most comfortable in the hospital for their VBAC. There are many things you can do to increase your chances of having a successful VBAC and you might find that some or all of the suggestions help you as you plan your VBAC.

Picking your provider and birth location are the most important factors in your successful VBAC. Over the years, Winchester Medical Center has greatly improved their L&D atmosphere to help women achieve a VBAC, and as Doulas we get to whiteness that first hand! Winchester Medical Center's staff and providers have worked really hard to bring down the primary cesarean rate and raise the VBAC success rate, these are true signs of a great hospital to choose for your birth! While you may be higher risk or lower risk, those factors will come into play, but here are some things you can do to help yourself along!

  • Hire a VBAC friendly provider
  • Hire a Doula to support you and your partner through the unknown
  • Use the wireless monitor
  • Schedule your cesarean for 40 weeks instead of 39 weeks
  • Utilize different positions and tools while you labor, this is something your doula can help with
  • Visualize, see a Chiropractor, see a Massage Therapist

Your Team

As a Doula of 10 years, I am so proud of the entire L &D Nursing staff at WMC, because I have not had a terrible experience yet. Doulas from Virginia is for Doulas work hard to build bridges with our medical community and remain respectful of the medical team that you hire for your birth, this creates an amazing cohesive team and ultimately a better birth experience!

Additionally, your team may consist of your mother/partners mother, several L & D nurses and your care provider. We absolutely love the team at Winchester Womens Specialist  and adore working with Karen and Sarah, CNMs who really support VBAC births.

What's next?

Give us a call if you'd like to talk about the different provider options in Winchester or if you'd like to talk about how Doula support can benefit you. We help you reach your goals, feel like you have the best team, have support for your family, and have a team that is recommended by medical staff in Winchester, Virginia.