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 […]
I was recently interview by Roanna Rosewood of Birth Plan Radio. You can listen to the show here. Below you will find links where you can read more about the various topics discussed.
The history of VBAC bans
Jen’s unique form of advocacy.
ACOG’s 2010 VBAC recommendations
The various documents related to the 2010 National Institutes of Health VBAC Conference
Birth myths, specifically on inducing VBACs, how the risk of uterine rupture differs between women who have had a cesarean and those who haven’t, and how the risk of rupture compares between induced, unscarred moms and scarred moms.
In July 2012, I was interviewed by a community radio station in Florida. I was asked about who made a good VBAC candidate, the risks and benefits of VBAC, the laws relating to VBAC, navigating VBAC bans, and popular VBAC myths. […]
What a miracle this woman survived! This was her fifth baby and fourth cesarean.
She had a complication known as placenta percreta which is when “the placenta attaches itself and grows through the uterus, sometimes extending to nearby organs, such as the bladder” (March of Dimes 2012). The risk of having placenta accreta, increta, or percreta during a fourth cesarean or a VBA3C (vaginal birth after three cesareans) is 2.13% (1 in 47) (Silver 2006).
Most women planning a VBA1C (vaginal birth after one cesarean) are aware of the risks of uterine rupture. However, women planning their first vaginal birth […]
Below I’ve included an article from MartinezPatch and I highlighted some sections. This hospital boasts a 90% VBAC success rate. That is huge!
As I shared in A father asks “Why invite the risk of VBAC?:
I had the opportunity to attend the March 2010 National Institutes of Health VBAC Conference where the ability of rural hospitals to safely attend VBACs was extensively discussed. One doctor spoke during the public comment period and stated that her rural hospital had a VBAC rate of over 30%! It turns out, if a hospital is supportive of VBAC and motivated, they can absolutely […]
Since obstetrical complications arise during labor in women with no history of uterine surgery that require immediate surgical delivery, or more commonly in women with multiple prior repeat cesareans, how can a hospital claim that they are fit to attend those births, but not yours? […]
Update 4/11/12: Since I wrote this article, the brilliant Jill Arnold from the Unnecesarean started a new website where she shares cesarean rates by hospital: CesareanRates.com. I would recommend checking this resource first before trying out the strategies I describe below.
Jeri left this comment at I’m pregnant and want a VBAC, what do I do?:
I want to plan for a VBAC I am not pregnant as of yet but will be ttc in 2 months. I am from La Crosse WI area and they have two hospitals Gunderson Lutheran and Franciscan Skemp..when I called them to get […]
When someone understates the risk of UR, I think it’s just as important the clarify as it is when someone overstates the risk. How else are women to make an informed decision? Just as it’s plain wrong for an OB to tell a woman with one prior low transverse cesarean that she has a 20% risk of rupture, it’s equally wrong when VBAC advocates say the risk is virtually non-existent.
Over the years, I have heard the statement: “You are more likely to be struck by lightning or bitten by a shark than experience uterine rupture!”
Today I’m going to […]
This is great! A hospital reversing their VBAC ban! I really wish articles like this would talk less about "the experience" and more about the life-long benefits of vaginal birth for mom and baby.
May 28, 2009
Natural birth after c-section possible at NMC again
By Leslie Griffy firstname.lastname@example.org
Monterey County women who’ve had a c-section don’t have to leave the county to give birth naturally anymore.
Natividad Medical Center announced Wednesday that so-called VBACs vaginal birth after cesarean are back.
Like hospitals throughout the country, those in the county […]
This information is so important for any woman seeking VBAC. It’s not enough that your hospital “allows” VBAC. In order to see how supportive that hospital is of vaginal birth, you need to know what their VBAC rate is in addition to their primary CS rate. Be sure to read, “Why if your hospital ‘allows’ VBAC isn’t enough” for more information as well as I’m pregnant and want a VBAC, what do I do?.
From 2006 to 2007, the total cesarean rate increased from 27.9% to 28.8% and the primary cesarean rate grew from 16.6% to 17.1 whereas the […]
This post was originally published June 14, 2008. It has since been updated to include more information on the technicalities of homebirth.
I have incredible software on this website called StatCounter and through that I’m able to see what search engine queries bring people to the site.
I’ve noticed more queries asking if VBAC is illegal.
VBAC is not illegal anywhere in the USA.
It is legal to have a hospital VBAC in all 50 states.
It is legal to have a out-of-hospital VBAC in all 50 states.
If someone has told you that VBAC is illegal, they are either […]
I recently received this comment.
Hi…thank you so much for your site! Very informative. I live in Glendale and I had a c-section last year with my first daughter. I went in to be induced even though I wasn’t looking forward to it. No contractions. No mucus plug. No water broken. I guess I just wasn’t ready for labor yet. They hooked me up to an epidural because they said I was going to feel immense pain so I went with it. 26 hours went by and I never dilated so they gave me a c-section at citrus valley medical […]