Vaginal Birth After Multiple Cesareans Following the Treatment of Subluxation-Based Chiropractic Care for Low Back Pain
“A vaginal birth after caesarean (VBAC) can be a real and viable birthing option for most women with previous caesarean section. There are many reasons why women prefer a VBAC rather than elective repeat caesarean section. A few reasons for a women’s preference for a VBAC are: a women’s instinctual desire to experience of a vaginal birth, opposition of surgical procedure performed without medical necessity, a safer method for both mom and baby, and faster recovery time for mom. VBAC is associated with lower maternal mortality and overall less morbidity for mothers and babies. Of the women who choose a planned VBAC, the success rates range from 70 to 87% (similar to general vaginal birth rates). Many times, women are not informed of the benefits and risks between both elective repeat caesarean section and VBAC. Many women today make a decision based on coercion of their healthcare provider leading them to elective repeat caesarean section instead of VBAC. According to a systematic review by Nilsson et. al., information given to women was most commonly provided by doctors and related mostly to procedural matters rather than focusing on the risks and benefits linked with VBAC. Due to lack of decision aids and knowledge, women are often unable to make an informed-decision regarding birthing modes post caesarean section.”
This was the start of a research paper that was just published in the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – Chiropractic …. a paper that I co-authored. I love taking care of pregnant women, and know that if they have had a prior c-section and are interested in having a VBAC, then they really should be under chiropractic care (by a CACCP certified / Webster Technique certified chiropractor). It can make such a big difference! If you want to see the full article (with references), let me know.