Progressive Women's Care

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Boardman, OH & Youngstown, OH

As the only OB/GYN in the area to offer VBAC, you can rely on the experience of Joni Canby, DO to assist you in choosing a vaginal birth after you’ve had a C-section. At Progressive Women’s Center in Boardman, Ohio, Dr. Canby and her compassionate staff provide comprehensive pregnancy care and can assist you with a safe vaginal delivery if you qualify for a VBAC services. Learn more about VBAC services by calling the Boardman office or using the convenient online booking feature.


What is VBAC?

Vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) is a service that enables you to have a vaginal birth if you’ve had a C-section with a previous pregnancy. While you can choose to have another C-section, some women prefer to have a choice between a vaginal birth or another cesarean delivery.

Dr. Canby can determine if you’re a good candidate for VBAC after a review of your medical history and an evaluation of existing conditions, such as the presence of scar tissue or other risk factors.

Why should I choose VBAC?

You may wish to consider VBAC if you plan to have more children in the future. Having a vaginal birth reduces your risk for complications, such as scarring, that could result in the need for other C-sections.

You may also benefit from a VBAC if you want:

  • A shorter hospital stay
  • To experience a vaginal birth
  • To reduce surgical risks

Dr. Canby evaluates all aspects of your health to ensure a VBAC is the right choice for you based on your existing needs and your family plans.

What conditions can prevent VBAC?

You may not qualify for VBAC if you have a high vertical uterine incision with a previous C-section or if you previously experienced a rupture of your uterus.

Certain types of uterine surgery, such as surgery to remove fibroids, can also reduce the likelihood of a successful VBAC.

What are the risks associated with VBAC?

In many cases, VBAC may have fewer risks than electing to have another C-section. However, Dr. Canby discusses your risks during your consultation based on your specific situation.

Delivering vaginally after a C-section can result in a uterine rupture. There is also a risk for uterine tears during labor, which may result in the need for a C-section to deliver the baby.

For mothers that experience a complex rupture in the uterus or who has uncontrollable bleeding during delivery, Dr. Canby may need to remove the uterus completely, a procedure known as a hysterectomy. This type of situation means you can’t get pregnant in the future.

To find out if VBAC is right for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Canby using the online booking feature or by calling the Boardman office today.