Vaginal Birth After Cesarean: Get Help with This Important Decision

We Can Help You Determine If You Should Pursue Vaginal Birth After Cesarean


After undergoing a Cesarean section (or C-section), many women go on to have a second child. The question of whether or not to have a vaginal birth after Cesarean is an important one, with many risks and benefits to consider. Dr. James Duerkes has helped many pregnant women with this important decision, and has performed hundreds of C-sections and vaginal deliveries. He is trusted by his patients because he listens carefully to their needs and wishes, and works together with them to come up with a comprehensive birthing plan. If you are considering a vaginal birth after Cesarean (or VBAC), keep reading to learn about the pros and cons. Then book an appointment to discuss vaginal birth after Cesarean, and all your prenatal care needs, with Dr. Duerkes!

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Vaginal Birth After Cesarean: Pros and Cons

60 to 80 per cent of women who attempt a vaginal birth after Cesarean are successful. There are several benefits of vaginal delivery compared to undergoing another C-section. Vaginal delivery does not involve surgery, nor the possible complications that can arise with surgery. Recovery from vaginal delivery is typically much quicker than recovery from a C-section. However, attempts at vaginal birth after Cesarean are not always successful. When this is the case, complications can arise — the most serious of which being uterine rupture, in which the uterus tears. This happens in fewer than 1 percent of VBAC cases, but can be life threatening to the baby, and can result in a hysterectomy being necessary.


Dr. James Duerkes can help determine if you are a good candidate for vaginal birth after Cesarean. There are many factors to consider which can indicate this. For example, if you have had previous vaginal deliveries, if your last C-section happened over 18 months ago, and if you have not had prior C-sections, there is a higher chance of success with VBAC.


To discuss whether VBAC is right for you, book an appointment with Dr. Duerkes!

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High Risk Pregnancy: Patient Testimonial


Dr. Duerkes regularly receives glowing patient reviews for the caring demeanor and skill with which he tends to pregnancy and delivery. Read a review from a happy patient with a complex pregnancy, and how Dr. Duerkes cared for her situation.


“Doctor Duerkes is the consummate professional. He is adroit and extremely educated but moreover he is warm and personable. Because I am over 35 my pregnancy was labeled as high risk and as an added layer of complexity my baby was breeched so needless to say my anxiety level was high throughout the process and Doctor Duerkes was patient every step of the way answering all of my questions and guiding me through the best course of treatment. If my family remains in the Miramar area I hope to remain his patient for many years to come.” - Sharee Awwal on Google Reviews

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VBAC: Know the Pros and Cons - Mayo Clinic

What patients are saying about dr.duerkes:

Dr. Duerkes came highly recommended during my pregnancy and after meeting him at my first prenatal visit I knew for sure I was in good hands. He has wonderful bedside manners, he's kind and compassionate and most importantly to me, I love that he takes the time to learn about me and my concerns to better care for me. His entire team from the girls at the front desk as well as his partner are all professional and friendly. You will not be disappointed.

Dr. Duerkes was drawn to Obstetrics & Gynecology because it is a specialty that includes multiple aspects of medicine, including office preventative care, surgery, and internal medicine. He was also drawn to the unique relationship between doctor and patient that comes with providing gynecologic and pregnancy care. Read Dr. Duerkes’s full bio here.

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