By: Anna Katrina J. Bolivar
Another beauty queen recently gave birth to her second baby. Shamcey Supsup-Lee gave birth to her second child with husband, Lloyd Lee, last September 30. Their firstborn, Nyke, is now an Ate to her new baby brother, Peter Nathan.
On her Instagram account, Shamcey shared how she gave birth via VBAC or Vaginal Birth After Cesarean. During pregnancy, Shamcey found it hard to decide on whether she will give birth via VBAC or an elective cesarean section. Eventually, she let nature take its course.
A day after her 38th-week prenatal appointment, Shamcey experienced cramping, which according to her was the most painful cramp she’d ever had. She was rushed to the hospital and after an internal examination, she was found to be 8cm dilated. She was sent straight to the labor room, where she shouted and cried over the painful contractions. And finally, at the delivery room, she was able to successfully give birth to their newborn via VBAC.
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This morning I succesfully delivered a healthy baby boy via VBAC. Meet Peter Nathan Lee or "peanut" for short 😋. I want to thank my OB, the anesthesioligist, the whole medical team and of course my husband for believing that I can do it. And to everyone who prayed for me. Thank you so much! . . (Will soon post more details about my birthing experience and how it's so much better the 2nd time around)
Like Shamcey Supsup-Lee, if you have given birth via cesarean section before, you would have to decide how you’d like to give birth to your next baby – whether it will be another cesarean section or a VBAC. The method of childbirth would have an effect on both the mother and the baby. Hence, it is important that you make an informed decision.
What is Vaginal Birth After Cesarean?
VBAC is giving birth through your vagina after a previous cesarean section. This is quite a concern because the pressure during labor might cause the uterus scar from the previous C-section to rupture. Hence, a prepared surgical team is important during a VBAC. Most women successfully give birth via VBAC, so there is no need to worry too much.
In general, VBAC is safer than another C-section. Another C-section would just lead to more internal scar tissue. You have to be aware that scar tissues prevent the placenta to develop and attach normally. Such a situation can be life-threatening to both the mother and baby.
If you decide and successfully give birth via VBAC, it is likely that you’ll also give birth vaginally on your succeeding pregnancies and your previous C-section scar is not likely to rupture.
There could be more pros and cons, and other considerations regarding VBAC or another C-section. But the important thing is to make an informed decision for yourself and your baby. Ensure that you discuss this fully with your healthcare practitioner before deciding on a final birth plan.
Anna Katrina Bolivar is a first-time mom to a baby girl. She’s a stay-at-home, breastfeeding, cloth diapering, and cosleeping mom. She has her own blog: The Everyday Nanay. Despite all the challenges of a stay-at-home mom, she always goes to sleep with a heart that is overflowing with love for the Lord, her husband, and their precious little girl.