Welcome to VBAC Facts!

Whether you are a parent, or someone who serves families pregnant after a cesarean, regardless of how you birthed, or how you plan to birth, if you believe that every pregnant person should have access to vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC), you are in the right place!

"My husband caught our VBA2C [vaginal birth after two cesareans] baby and placed her on my chest. We were shocked and delighted to find out our two boys had a sister!"

“My husband caught our VBA2C [vaginal birth after two cesareans] baby and placed her on my chest. We were shocked and delighted to find out our two boys had a sister!”

The Problem

“I wasn’t allowed to have a VBAC.”

I hear this all the time from parents.

They don’t know that they have options.

“I told you you could do it! Daddy was telling me to squeeze his hand as hard as possible and I thought I couldn’t squeeze any harder, but I did. Laying on my side with my head buried in his chest hair, my happy place. I opened to welcome my baby Earthside.”

The Disconnect

Most women are candidates for VBAC, but most are told they “have to have” a repeat cesarean for all future pregnancies.

Even though national guidelines published in 2010 state that women should have access to VBAC, that is not happening.

Parents are entitled to the real, unbiased truth so they can joyfully plan their birth… whatever that looks like for them!

I wanted and was planning a VBAC, but I got cold feet. I was 40+5 with no signs of dilation and his size estimated at 10 lbs 6 oz. My doctor was supportive of waiting for a VBAC or having a repeat cesarean. It was my choice to have the repeat cesarean.

I wanted and was planning a VBAC, but I got cold feet. I was 40 weeks and 5 days with no signs of dilation. My baby’s weight was estimated to be 10 lbs 6 oz. My doctor was supportive of waiting for a VBAC or having a repeat cesarean. It was my choice to have the repeat cesarean.

 The Part You Play

At the very basic level, we all need to understand that the medical evidence and national guidelines say that VBAC is a safe, reasonable, and appropriate option for most women.

We need to spread the word so parents who want VBACs are truly supported in this choice and that parents, no matter how they birth, are treated with respect and dignity.

Family Centered Cesarean

“After 30 hours of labor, we decided on a CBAC (cesarean birth after cesarean.) I had my husband and doula in the room with me, breastfeeding in the OR, and no one took her from me except to do initial apgars. Everyone in the OR was incredibly kind and respectful. Her birth was both sad and incredibly beautiful and healing.”

What’s next?

If you are a parent, you might be interested in how to joyfully plan your VBAC.

If you are a professional or provider, you might want to immediately dispel the most common myths about uterine rupture.

I also offer a free 3-day VBAC email course which parents, professionals, and providers alike have enjoyed.

Upcoming Events

In September, I’ll be speaking at the GOLD Online Symposium on Childbirth Education and at the American Association of Birth Centers Conference in Pittsburgh, PA.

I’m glad you are here. Let’s elevate the conversation about VBAC.

Jen Kamel, VBAC Facts Founder

Jen Kamel, VBAC Facts Founder