• VBAC: Understanding the Risks and Evaluating Your Choices

    VBAC—or vaginal birth after Cesarean—is a complex and controversial topic that all mothers face if they become pregnant after a C-section. Although doctors once thought that giving birth vaginally was too dangerous after a C-section, many obstetricians now recommend it. There is no single right answer for every woman. If you’re interested in VBAC, talk to your obstetrician in Arlington Heights about your preferences for giving birth and what is realistic for you. Here is what you need to know about the risks of VBAC and factors to consider when making your choice. second - pregnancy

    The Risks of VBAC

    The biggest risk of VBAC is uterine rupture. During a vaginal delivery, the incision from the previous C-section could reopen, which could put the life of both mother and baby in jeopardy. Fortunately, uterine rupture is rare. Depending on the location of the initial incision, uterine rupture occurs in about 1.5% of VBAC cases . However, the stakes are so high that obstetricians may be reluctant to accept VBAC as an acceptable birth plan if there are other risk factors in place. For instance, uterine ruptures are more common after multiple C-sections and in women who are older. The risk of rupture is also greater if a woman must be induced.

    Deciding if VBAC Is Right for You

    Your obstetrician will review your birth options with you in full, including the idea of VBAC. If VBAC is your preference, your doctor will consider several different factors, including your age, your pre-existing health conditions, the size of your baby, and how many C-sections you’ve had in the past, before deciding if it is safe for you. To be eligible for a VBAC, you generally must have no uterine scars except for those from a past C-section, and you can’t have the reason for your previous C-section present in this pregnancy. The baby must also be head down and a size that is appropriate for vaginal delivery.

  • Meet Dr. Richard J. Levy

    The team at Northwest Professional Obstetrics & Gynecology is privileged to provide family centered services to support women’s health in Arlington Heights. One of our dedicated healthcare providers is Dr. Richard J. Levy, a Chicago native who is a graduate of Northwestern University in Evanston. Dr. Levy had long been interested in specializing in pediatrics; however, while doing an OB/GYN rotation at Northwestern University Medical School, he realized that obstetrics was his true calling. Since then, it has been his life’s work to provide compassionate prenatal care services and to help families welcome their newborns into the world.

    Dr. Levy Before he joined Northwest Professional Obstetrics & Gynecology, Dr. Levy went on to complete his residency at the University of Texas in San Antonio. He enjoyed his introduction to a different culture and geographical region, but Chicago will always be home for his family. In addition to serving as an obstetrician at our medical practice, Dr. Levy was a long-time participant on the obstetrics Quality Assurance Committee, during which he was responsible for overseeing care for all obstetrics patients at Northwest Community Hospital. Among his many professional affiliations and accomplishments, Dr. Levy has fulfilled numerous leadership roles with the mission of ensuring quality of care for patients.