Boone County Hospital offers new option to delivering mothers

The Boone County Hospital (BCH) Family Birth Center staff and physicians in Boone are excited to announce a new option to delivering mothers that has been available to patients since May 2019. Previously when a patient had a cesarean section, they had the choice of a repeat cesarean section in Boone or to be transferred to another facility for the option of a trial of labor after cesarean (TOLAC), also commonly known as vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC). BCH and their OB physicians will now offer VBAC locally in Boone.

There has been a lot of news coverage nationally about safe delivery of care for mother’s in the United States. One of the contributing factors to some of those significant complications can be tied to the high cesarean section rate in the United States. For every cesarean section a woman has, her risk of complications increases. BCH physicians and staff have been working hard to prevent those unnecessary cesarean sections with one-on-one care and actively managing interventions in labor. The current primary (first) cesarean section rate at BCH is well below the national average and offering VBAC as an option is another way to reduce additional cesarean sections for patients.

Dr. Tracey McIntire, Gabrielson Clinic for Women, and Dr. Rienera Sivesind, Boone County Family Medicine North, will discuss the option of VBAC with their patients in the prenatal period to allow patients to make an informed decision about the delivery option that is best for each situation. Patients will be carefully evaluated to determine if VBAC is a safe option for delivery. Once it is determined VBAC is an option, the risks and benefits will be shared with the patient and she can choose which delivery path is best for her.

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