Orange County OBGYN -  - OBGYN Specialist

Orange County OBGYN

OBGYN Specialist located in Newport Beach, CA and Orange County, CA

Vaginal Or Cesarean Delivery Specialist

Dr. Yonatan Mahller encourages all women to have a vaginal delivery while recognizing that cesarean delivery is sometimes necessary to protect the health of the baby and mother. Women who have a cesarean delivery may still opt to try for a vaginal delivery the next time they’re pregnant. Contact his office in Newport Beach, Orange County, California, or schedule an appointment online if you have any questions or concerns about vaginal versus cesarean delivery.

Vaginal or Cesarean Delivery Q & A

What are the benefits of vaginal delivery?

Compared with Cesarean delivery, vaginal delivery has been shown to be safer for mother and baby and to have quicker recovery time. Babies may also gain vital health advantages, such as:

Preparing lungs to breath

During a vaginal delivery, pressure within the baby’s lungs changes, and compression in the birth canal helps to push fluid out of the lungs. Both actions help to prepare the baby for breathing after birth. Most of the time, babies born via C-section do very well however, there is a slightly higher chance that babies born via cesarean may have respiratory issues due to fluid remaining in their lungs.


For this reason and others, Dr. Mahller does everything possible to help women have a natural vaginal delivery. When labor doesn’t progress normally, he remains patient and gives women adequate time before suggesting a cesarean delivery.

When is a cesarean section medically necessary?

Dr. Mahller recommends a cesarean section when necessary to protect the health of the baby and mother. Conditions that could require a C-section include:  

  • Fetal distress (baby has an abnormal heart)
  • Umbilical cord problems
  • Labor fails to progress
  • Baby is too large to pass through the birth canal
  • Breech or transverse position
  • Multiple babies (trial of labor for vaginal delivery may be attempted)
  • Placenta separates too early or blocks vaginal canal
  • More than one prior C-section

The mother’s health also influences the choice of vaginal delivery versus C-section. Health conditions like high some heart conditions make a vaginal delivery too risky. Some infections, such as herpes and HIV, pass from the mother to the baby during vaginal delivery.

Can you deliver vaginally after having a cesarean section?

The primary concern about vaginal delivery after a C-section is the risk of a uterine rupture at the site of the previous cesarean scar. The risk is less than 1% with only one prior cesarean, which means you may consider having a vaginal delivery for future pregnancies. However, the risk rises for each previous C-section.

Dr. Mahller believes the safest way to deliver babies after a prior Cesarean section is by scheduled repeat Cesarean. While this mode of delivery may not be the right choice for all patients, Dr. Mahller's utmost interest lies within the safety of mothers and their newborn babies. For these reasons, Dr. Mahller does NOT offer his patients a trial of labor after cesarean (TOLAC).

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

We accept most PPO insurance plans. Here is a list of some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.

Blue Cross
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Shield
Great West Health Care
Meridian Health Plan

Words from our patients

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    "There aren't enough good things I can say about Dr. Mahller and his staff! Dr. Mahller really listens to his patients and carefully addresses all of your concerns."

    Neda H.
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    "Dr. Mahller is one of those rare doctors who takes the time to answer every question and he has a wonderful bedside manner! I without a doubt recommend Dr. Mahller!"

    Debbie N.
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    "Our whole pregnancy and delivery was a beautiful experience because of Dr. Mahller. We can't thank him enough for bringing our beautiful baby girl safely into the world"

    Blaire B.
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    "He is caring, comforting, relaxed and gentle. I recommend him highly if you're looking for a good doctor!"

    Kaylee B.
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    "Dr. Mahller is a wonderful person and doctor with great sense of humor. He cares about his patients and knows his craft. I would definitely recommend him!"

    Irene S.
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    "Childbirth was an absolutely wonderful experience, Dr. Mahller couldn't have been more courteous and did a fantastic job keeping me comfortable, happy and excited. "

    Ashley P.
  • Yelp

    "I can honestly say this pregnancy has been a great experience so far, and having Dr. Mahller as our doctor definitely helps. Highly recommended!"

    Holly E.
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    "I wouldn't trust anyone else with the well being of my little girl, I never felt worried during my pregnancy and always had peace of mind."

    Jessica M.
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    "I had the best experience and was treated great throughout my pregnancy. Dr. Mahller has patience during consultation visits as well as delivering a baby."

    Joanna M.
Orange County OBGYN
355 Placentia Avenue, Suite 302
Newport Beach, CA 92663
Phone: 949-375-8244
Fax: 949-398-9812
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