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Providing for safer births

Babies arrive many different ways

Babies come into the world in many different ways at Buffalo Hospital. Each expectant mother has an array of choices when it comes to delivery methods and choosing the health care provider who is right for her. More than ever before, moms and dads-to-be can be confident that everything they might previously have expected to find only at larger metro area birth centers is available locally.

Providing for safer births

Vaginal birth after Cesarean (VBAC) is now an option available at Buffalo Hospital. A woman who has had a Cesarean section (C-section) in the past and whose current pregnancy is considered low risk can now plan for a vaginal birth that allows her to stay close to home and family. Of course, the situation when she actually goes into labor is the final deciding factor.

Teri McNelis, MD, an obstetrician/ gynecologist at Allina Health Clinic - Buffalo, is one of the doctors who handles Vaginal birth after Cesarean deliveries at Buffalo Hospital. "This is a wonderful option for women who are in the low-risk category, and many patients want it," McNelis said. "Low risk includes things like having a previous vaginal delivery, having only one past Cesarean section, being under age 40 and normal weight.

"For most women, a vaginal birth is the safer and healthier delivery route. This position is supported by the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and by the World Health Organization. Vaginal birth significantly reduces the chance that a woman will need a blood transfusion during delivery. It also cuts the risk for complications, including postpartum infections, bladder injury and internal scarring, which can cause future fertility or birth problems.

"At Buffalo Hospital, we went through a thoughtful planning process over the past couple of years and now have everything in place for Vaginal birth after Cesarean," McNelis said. "That includes the anesthesiologists, operating room staff and OB/GYNs who are credentialed to do emergency Cesarean sections that are needed to make the program possible."

Source: Healthy Communities Magazine, winter 2014
First Published: 11/04/2013
Last Reviewed: 11/04/2013