Tampa-Bay-VBAC-Rates-2019

Planning to have a VBAC? (VBAC = vaginal birth after cesarean.)

Do you know the VBAC rate for your hospital?

I know we say this a lot, but it bears repeating: the hospital that you choose to deliver your baby at has a huge impact on the outcome of your birth experience. In fact, it is the BIGGEST RISK FACTOR related to having a c-section. This is also true for women who are hoping to have a VBAC.

Check out our recent article Tampa Bay Hospital C-Section Rates 2019 to learn more about hospital c-section rates and why this is important.

I am a VBAC mom myself. During my pregnancy, I spoke with various providers and asked for their support. I found plenty who were openly unsupportive of my goals and who scared me with their stories. These experiences deterred me for a little bit, but I did not give up. 

Actually, delivering my son vaginally became a mission for me and I threw myself into hours of research and education. I believed strongly that my body was healed and that I was physically capable of having a VBAC. Determined to overcome the odds, I eventually found a supportive care provider who stood by me through my successful VBAC

This experience and my work with other mothers as a doula taught me what it takes to accomplish a VBAC in our current and local maternal health care system.

You have a lot of power in your hands. Of course, there are many factors that will affect the outcome of your birth experience including your personal health and risk factors. But, you can greatly reduce your risk of a repeat c-section through your choice of hospital. This is one thing that you can truly control! 

So, choose wisely. Pick a hospital that has a proven record of supporting women who want to have a VBAC.

Below are the 2019 VBAC rates for the hospitals in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties reported by Florida.HealthFinder.gov.

Tampa Bay VBAC Rates for 2019

Tampa General Hospital 26.8%

Bayfront Baby Place St Pete 9.2%

South Florida Baptist Hospital 7.2%

Mease Countryside 6.8%

Morton Plant Hospital 6.0%

Medical Center of Trinity 5.1%

St Joseph’s Hospital 4.4%

Florida Hospital Tampa 3.7%

Brandon Regional Hospital 1.2%

St. Pete General Hospital not reported

Florida Hospital Wes. Chapel not reported

St. Joseph’s Hospital North not reported

St. Joseph’s Hospital South not reported 

Florida Hospital Zephyrhills not reported 

You might also be interested in reading: The #1 Ingredient for VBAC Success. 

About Christie Collbran

Christie Collbran is the owner and founder of Buddha Belly. Christie believes in helping women recognize their own inner wisdom, strength and power and has more than ten years of experience serving families as a doula.