There has been a lot of confusion regarding AB1308, the legislation that went through at the beginning of this year in the state of California. It said that LMs were no longer allowed to attend home births some situations (such as breech, beyond 42 weeks gestation, etc) and other situations required a physician to sign off on the home birth.
It’s these regulations that are currently being written by the Medical Board with input from ACOG, CAM, CFAM, and VBAC Facts. It is under discussion whether a prior cesarean should be included on this list of conditions that would necessitate a physician’s approval in order for the woman to plan a home VBAC.
On October 15, 2014, I flew to Sacramento and attended a Interested Parties Meeting at the California Medical Board. I spoke on behalf of California women who want home VBAC to remain an option in our state. You can read a summary of that meeting here and listen to a partial recording of the meeting here.
There is going to be another meeting on December 15th from 1-4pm in Sacramento (agenda) and I will be there once again representing consumers. I will be preparing a short testimony. If you are a California resident and would like to attend the meeting, please do. If you can’t, but want your voice to be heard, please email me the following information:
1. Why home VBAC is important to you
2. Your name
3. Your county
More information from the California Association of Midwives and California Families for Access to Midwives
There is still time for you to help bring this important movie and topic to the public. Mr. Humphreys, together with Dr. Elliot Berlin, a popular Los Angeles chiropractor, are looking to raise the last of the funds required to complete this movie. You can contribute as little as a dollar. As I write this, they have raised over half of their goal. This pledge drive will continue until Friday August 24, 2012 12:00am EDT.
We need to counter the incorrect conventional wisdom that VBACs are excessively risky and cesareans are the only prudent choice. We need to clarify that both VBACs and cesareans have REAL benefits and REAL risks. We need to reinforce the idea that it should be up to each mom to evaluate those risks and benefits to herself, her baby, as well as her future fertility, pregnancies, mode of delivery options, and long term health. We need to share the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ latest VBAC guidelines as well as the documents and lectures from the 2010 National Institutes of Health VBAC Conference. It’s only through education will women be able to make an informed choice.
You can also help spread the word by liking the “Trial of Labor” fan page on Facebook and blogging about the movie!