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The first of the last three Southern California Workshops till 2015!

Hi friends!

I’m sorry I haven’t written anything in so long.  The honest truth is presenting the workshop throughout the country really is a full time job!  But I’m still working feverishly behind the scenes, with over a dozen articles in the queue, updating the class, participating in community events and webinars, interacting with consumers, [...]

Birth Plan Radio Show Notes

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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.

Show Notes

The history of VBAC bans, Jen’s cesarean and then VBAC.

Jen’s unique form of advocacy.

ACOG’s 2010 VBAC recommendations

The [...]

Help send VBAC Facts to the Womb Ecology Conference

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I am looking to join forces with my readers to raise money via a WePay campaign so I may attend the Womb Ecology Conference, developed by Michel Odent, in October. [...]

“Maternally Yours” Radio Interview Show Notes 7/31/12

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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. [...]

Woman has 4th cesarean, 8 hour surgery, and requires 33 gallons of blood

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, [...]

VBAC Facts presents VBAC Class at the VBAC Summit in Miami, FL!

The “Truth About VBAC” will be presented at the VBAC Summit Pre-Conference Session on Friday August 17, 2012 in Miami, Florida! Over the course of 4 hours, “The Truth About VBAC” delivers an evidence-based review of interesting and hard to find information relative to post cesarean birth options to parents, birth advocates, and medical professionals. It is jam packed with statistics and recommendations directly from respected medical journals, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). [...]

Options for mom who will be “forced” to have a repeat cesarean

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I just received this email tonight and need ideas quick. This term mom seeking VBA2C is in the the Columbia area of South Carolina. Her OB was supportive until 37 weeks. Her cesarean is scheduled in two days on March 5, 2012. She was told that if she shows up in labor, she will be “forced” to have a cesarean. Does anyone know of a care provider in her area that would be willing to accept a new client this late in pregnancy? What other options does she have? Additionally, I’m looking for information on the legality of a hospital/OB “forcing” a c/s? What happens if she shows up at the current hospital and refuses to sign the c/s consent form? What exactly CAN they do?? [...]

Oregon hospital supports vaginal breech birth

I recently came across Oregon Health & Science University’s website where they support vaginal breech birth!  The Portland, OR based facility says,

OHSU hospital offers breech vaginal birth for mothers who qualify based on Ultrasound and other testing. Please talk to your doctor or midwife about breech delivery. What is a breech birth?

Babies may [...]

Contra Costa Regional Medical Center Supports VBAC & Wins Award

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 [...]

10/16 Temecula lecture & handout book available for purchase

I’m so excited about my upcoming presentation to Conscious Birth, Conscious Parenting next Saturday, October 16th from 11am – 1pm at Grace Mellman Library (41000 County Center, Temecula, CA 92591.)

I’ll be presenting a 90-minute excerpt from my five-hour class entitled “The Truth About VBAC.”  Topics include:

History of VBAC: From encouraged to “risky” Review [...]

Temecula breech movie screening 9/11

As a mom who had her cesarean due to footling breech presentation, I’m so excited to see this movie as well as be on the panel afterwards!  If you can join us, please RSVP via the email address below.

I’ll have the following handouts available:

Quick Facts (download the PDF) American Women Speak About VBAC [...]

VBAC Ban Rationale is Irrational

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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? [...]

Another VBAC consult misinforms

What disappointed me, however, was the NIH VBAC conference panel’s surprise at the misinformation and bait & switch tactics to which many women are subjected. I think when you are a VBAC supportive practitioner, it may be hard to believe that your colleagues practice in a manner like I describe below. [...]

Hospital triplet VBAC

I know I’ve been neglecting the blog lately. 

I see things daily that I want to write about, but never actually have the time between laundry, dishes, meal prep and daydreaming of going to the National Institutes of Health’s upcoming free conference entitled Consensus Development Conference on Vaginal Birth After Cesarean: New Insights.  I’m [...]

Finding VBAC statistics for your hospital and state

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.

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