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Finding a VBAC Supportive OB or Midwife

When looking for a VBAC supportive provider, the absolute best place to start is locally. Attend a local ICAN chapter meeting or connect with them online. Chat with doulas, childbirth educators, and nurses who work in your community. They have the unique experience of observing providers over long periods of time, so they can give you the inside scoop. I also think it’s worth your time to call your local hospital and talk to the L&D nurse manager. As them who attends VBAC.

Here are some additional resources:

Note that some of the groups are not explicitly about childbirth. However, there is a tremendous amount of overlap between say, those who homeschool, plan homebirths and those who plan VBACs.

Also, those who have unmedicated births, or VBAC, or homebirth, are more likely to breastfeed beyond the first year, which is called ‘extended breastfeeding,’ and go to La Leche League meetings. They are also more likely to seek out fellow crunchy moms at Holistic Moms groups or attachment parenting groups.

You might have never considered yourself ‘crunchy’ because you think that only hippies are crunchy, but rest assured, VBACs, homebirth, homeschooling, and extended breastfeeding are things that appeal to the super liberals, the super conservatives, and everyone in between. No matter where you are on the political spectrum, you will find someone just like you in these groups.

Also keep in mind that there are traveling midwives, so if there are no care providers in your area, this is an option. Check out the ICAN email support group for referrals.

Once you have found a provider, you are going to want to ask a ton of questions. Call and make an appointment to discuss VBAC. Don’t go in for an exam and try to have an intelligent conversation while sitting on an exam table wearing a thin paper gown. This is not a position of power. Remember, you are hiring someone to support you with your VBAC.

Please interview at least as many vendors as you would to paint your house or install your air conditioning. This is a huge decision and you will be very happy if you take the extra time to screen your care provider.

Since finding a VBAC supportive care provider can be a lengthy process, I would recommend starting your search before you even become pregnant. That way you won’t feel like you are on a timetable or be fighting morning sickness and exhaustion. And won’t it feel nice to have all your ducks in a row so when that little plus sign appears, you feel excited and supported? But, if you are already pregnant and looking, it’s not to late. Take the time to find a provider, you won’t regret it!

35 thoughts on “Finding a VBAC Supportive OB or Midwife

  1. Emily Neiman CNM

    We are a group of 4 CNMs who work out of an office in Gahanna, OH (Carepoint Gahanna) and attend deliveries at The OSU Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, OH. We also have an active facebook page called “Columbus Midwife.” We are very VBAC supportive and also attend VBA2C. Thanks!

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  2. Marcela

    I’m planning a vbac in New Jersey but its illegal here for midwives to attend vbac’s. I hate the idea of going to the hospital and most around here have horrible vbac rates. I’m wondering what my options are, I’m very willing to travel. Ny is an hr away and PA is about 30 mins. Would it be possible to say vbac at a birthing center out of state? I’m so lost, but have plenty of time as I’m only 9 weeks. I need leads! Many thanks in advance!

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    1. Marcela

      Currently looking at hbac options. Can’t seem to visualize myself giving birth in a hospital. Thank you.

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  3. keila

    I can’t believe how exactly like my story this is..my dr was supportive about me wanting a vbac and did exactly what this says..the ultrasound for size, scheduling the csection at 39 weeks against my wishes, the scare tactics! wow! Now I’m 40 weeks and scrambling to find a vbac friendly hospital in LA, CA.!

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