At the Family Birth Center, vaginal delivery is the goal whenever possible. Even for some mothers who have had one or two cesarean deliveries (C-sections), we offer trial of labor after cesarean/vaginal birth after cesarean (TOLAC/VBAC).
Cesarean delivery is considered only when circumstances have elevated the risk of complications with vaginal birth, such as:
- Prolonged or obstructed labor (when the baby is not delivering vaginally)
- Multiple births (twins, triplets or more)
- Fetal distress, such as a drop in the baby's heart rate
- Certain fetal disorders
- Certain chronic health conditions, such as high blood pressure or diabetes
- Sexually transmitted infections, such as HIV or genital herpes
- Problems with the umbilical cord or placenta
Whether you deliver vaginally or by cesarean, our team will explore every option possible to engage you and your family in a cherished experience that feels like exactly what it is — your child's birth, not just a procedure.