What You Need to Know About VBACs

What You Need to Know About VBACs

What You Need to Know About VBACs

It is often assumed that if you have previously delivered via C-section, all of your following births will have to be delivered via C-section again. However, trying for a vaginal birth after a cesarean (VBAC) is a very possible option!

When you attempt a VBAC, it is called TOLAC, which means trial of labor after C-section. If the c-section birth is successful it is then termed VBAC. At Minnesota Birth Center, we are happy to cater to clients wanting to attempt TOLAC. In fact, we have a 75% success VBAC success rate! Our incredibly skilled midwives, partnered with our amazing physicians, allow us to have the necessary steps in place to ensure the utmost safety for our clients who wish to have a VBAC. 

Candidates for VBAC

While VBAC might have its benefits, it’s not for everyone. At Minnesota Birth Center, we talk to you beforehand and do a risk assessment to check if you’re eligible for TOLAC or not. This is to ensure your own safety and avoid complications later during your labor.

You can have a TOLAC if:

  • You have had no more than two Lower section C-sections with a transverse incision, without any complications
  • You’re only having one baby and aren’t pregnant with twins or higher multiples
  • You have previously had a successful VBAC or vaginal delivery
We advise against VBAC if:
  • You have had a high vertical uterine incision
  • You have a history of uterine rupture
  • You have a history of other uterine surgeries
  • You’re pregnant with twins or higher multiples
  • Your baby is in a breech position with buttocks downwards

Benefits of VBAC

Some reasons why we encourage VBAC at Minnesota Birth Center are:

  • It lowers the risks that come with post-surgical complications such as bleeding, infection, and anesthesia-related complications
  • The recovery time for VBAC is shorter compared to C-section
  • For women that plan to have multiple babies after, VBAC lowers the risk of complications that come with multiple C-section scars
  • It’s emotionally important for some women to experience natural labor, and we are happy to fulfill their wishes

Risks Associated with VBAC

While we encourage VBAC at the Minnesota Birth Center, we realize the potential risks that come with it. During your antenatal visits, we are happy to answer any health-related or personal questions you might have about VBAC. This includes providing assistance for any emotional needs you might have.

We understand that it takes bravery to plan a VBAC, and with bravery comes fear, so we try to provide opportunities for you to work through your fear and trepidations.

During your antenatal visits, and in the days leading up to your delivery, we monitor you more closely to rule out any possible complications. Some of the risks that come with VBAC include:

  • Uterine rupture
  • Infection
  • Blood loss

But Don’t Worry!

Our trained nurses and midwives will monitor you continuously before and during your labor. They know how to assess your labor progress and will be able to predict a possible complication in case it’s likely. 

For this reason, we cater to all our VBAC clients at the hospital so we have a backup in case any kind of intervention is required. The team of doctors and medical staff we work with are highly skilled and collaborative. They will assist us if need be but will leave us to our jobs if everything goes normally. 

Being at the hospital hastens the process of receiving care in case of emergencies and makes it more seamless. 

We’re Here To Help

Whether you have a VBAC in the end or need to have a repeat C-section, our team at Minnesota Birth Center will continue to provide you post-partum care regardless. If you have any other questions regarding VBAC or TOLAC, please feel free to contact us

New Doula Internship Announced

The Minnesota Birth Center is now accepting applications for its next Doula Internship session! This session will run from September 2021 – May 2022.

Qualified doula candidates must:

  • Have attended a birth doula training through DONA, CAPPA, or other reputable doula training program. If you have questions about the suitability of your particular program, please send an email to the contact information listed below.
  • Practice within the DONA Scope of Practice.
  • Have attended at least one birth in a support capacity (on occasion, exceptions may be made due to COVID-related restrictions).
  • Be available to attend a total of at least six MBC births over the duration of the internship.

Former Doula Intern Mummie A.

BIPOC GLBTQ2S candidates strongly encouraged to apply.

Application materials and information on how to apply are located here: Doula Internship Requirements and Application

If you have a passion for birth work and meet the above requirements, please consider applying! Complete applications will be accepted until 6 pm on Sunday, August 8th.

Qualified applicants will be contacted for interviews.

Please read all application details thoroughly. Any additional questions not answered in the application may be emailed to karen@theminnesotabirthcenter.com.

Natural Coping Techniques for Labor

Natural Coping Techniques for Labor

Natural Coping Techniques for Labor

Labor can be difficult, but it can also be one of the most beautiful experiences a woman goes through during her lifetime. At Minnesota Birth Center, we are advocates for natural childbirth. Our core emphasis is support for the normal physiologic birth of a healthy newborn. If natural childbirth is something you are considering, that means you will need to find natural coping techniques for labor to help make it a comfortable and memorable experience for you.

Our team of extremely qualified, experienced Nurse Midwives make sure to provide you with the best care to help you achieve the birth you desire. Here are some of our favorite natural coping techniques to help you during your labor! 

  • Water Birth/Birth Pool

Laboring in water helps set the stage for a calm and serene environment. A birthing pool is said to ease labor by decreasing pain levels, increasing comfort, decreasing the need for anesthesia or medication, and lastly, shortening the duration of labor. 

  • Birthing Balls

Birthing balls are large, flexible but durable balls that you can use during labor for increased comfort. They can help decrease back pain, reduce pelvic pressure, and mitigate the need for pain medication. You can try leaning onto it in different positions to help find a position that works for you! 

  • Birthing Stools

A birthing stool is basically a low-height seat that aims to mimic a toilet seat. It expands your pelvis size and hastens labor with the help of gravity. It helps with pushing since your body is familiar with a similar position for bowel movements. 

  • Labor Slings

A birth sling is suspended overhead, above your bed or birthing area. It helps you stay up and moving while providing you with some extra support. Slings can make it easier for pregnant women to sit upright, which makes the contractions more effective, shortening the duration of labor. You can even try different positions with the sling to find one you’re comfortable in. 

  • Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is a renowned method of stress relief. It works the same way during labor. Using pregnancy-safe essential oils, we create an environment that helps you relax and calms your nerves. It might also decrease levels of pain and discomfort, making labor easier for you.

  • Herbal Bath

Herbal baths are known for their soothing and healing properties. After giving birth, you need all the relaxation you can possibly get. Our birth center runs you a special herbal bath with a mix of healing herbs. These help you relax and even alleviate some of that post-partum pain. It is also important to make sure you nourish your body with healthy foods, and our special homemade bread aims at doing just that! 

  • Music

The sounds that surround you play an important role in your mood. Soothing music and sounds you like can help create a familiar environment that will alleviate anxiety and calm your nerves. You can use our docking station to play whatever calming music or favorite sounds you want to surround yourself with while you’re in labor. 

  • Doula Support

Every woman needs a good amount of physical and emotional support during the process of pregnancy and more importantly, during labor. A doula is a trained professional who provides you this support throughout your pregnancy and childbirth. Even though they’re not healthcare providers, their presence can significantly help you by taking away some of the anxiety and fear associated with labor. At Minnesota Birth Center, we make this service more affordable so more people can utilize the support offered by a doula.

  • Home-like Environment

At Minnesota Birth Center, we value the importance of a calming and beautiful setting for you to spend your time in during labor. Being surrounded by a beautiful environment boosts your oxytocin levels, a hormone that plays an important part in your labor. Naturally elevated oxytocin reduces the need for medication and shortens the duration of labor. 

  • Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide is a pain relief medication that works as soon as you take it. At Minnesota Birth Center, we allow you to self-administer the medication so you have more control over the amount of nitrous oxide and how often you take it.

We know that labor isn’t exactly easy, but here at Minnesota Birth Center, we aim to make it as comfortable and relaxing for you as possible. If you have any other requirements or questions, send us a message and we’ll be more than happy to accommodate you!