National Women’s has a multidisciplinary clinic for women who want to explore the possibility of a vaginal birth following a previous caesarean section.
At the Positive Birth After Caesarean (PBAC) Clinic, midwives and obstetricians are aiming for a positive outcome for women and their babies. They do this by empowering women and their family/whanau to make informed choices, based on their previous birth history.
You can also listen to a PBAC Podcast with Dr Michelle Wise, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, and Senior Lecturer at the Auckland University Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences from the "If only they told me" website.
One in three births in Auckland now done by C-section (Source: Breakfast). Dr Michelle Wise, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, and Senior Lecturer at the Auckland University Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences talks about our Caesarean Section on TVNZ, Breakfast News.
PBAC consultation during pregnancy
Women are encouraged to attend the PBAC clinic in the first half of their pregnancy. At the consultation, the PBAC midwives and obstetricians take the time to:
- Review the reasons for the previous caesarean
- Discuss options for the current pregnancy - either planned repeat caesarean section or vaginal birth after caesarean (VBAC)
- Provide evidence-based information about the pros and cons of both options
- Make an individualized plan for each woman based on her own history, values and preferences
PBAC consultation following caesarean birth
Women on the postnatal wards recovering from caesarean birth will be offered an appointment in the PBAC Clinic to discuss their recent birth experience and consider options for future births. Appointments are usually scheduled for around 4-6 weeks postpartum.
Location and referral
The PBAC Clinic is held on Level 6 of Greenlane Clinical Centre every Monday morning.
For any further information regarding this clinic please call 080072221 (08004pbac1). Women can self-refer to the PBAC Clinic for a consultation prior to 25 weeks pregnant, or ask their LMC for a referral.
Referral can also be made through the maternity Walk-in Centre. You can contact the Walk-In Centre on (09) 623 6455 or email@example.com