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What Jen Kamel told the Medical Board about home VBAC, Part I

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My intention in attending this meeting was to amplify the voice of the consumer. I think sometimes it’s difficult for OBs who attend VBACs, or for those who live in communities where they have access to hospitals that allow VBAC, to understand that not everyone lives in that world. […]

Home VBAC threatened for California families


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 […]

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 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 […]

Monterey County hospital reverses VBAC ban

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 lgriffy@thecalifornian.com

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 […]

VBAC & Cesarean Rates of California Hospitals, 2007

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 […]

Is VBAC Illegal? Is homebirth illegal?

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’m pregnant and want a VBAC, what do I do?

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 […]

The cost of getting your medical records

When considering your post-cesarean birth options, it’s good to know what type of uterine incision you have.  The only way to verify this is by getting a copy of your operative report from the hospital where you had your cesarean.  I recommend bringing copies of your operative report when interviewing care providers as most will want to confirm your uterine incision type.

Sometimes women have a different incision on their skin than their uterus, so just because you have a low transverse (“bikini cut”) incision on your skin, doesn’t necessarily mean you have the same incision […]

Cesarean & VBAC Rates of Hospitals – AL, AK, CA, FL, ME, MA, NJ, NY, OR, TX

This article has links to cesarean and VBAC rates by hospital for the following states: Alabama, Alaska, California, Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas, and Utah.  (For more information on California hospitals, go here.)

This is great info for women of those states! 

Compliments of Our Bodies Ourselves: Finding and Comparing C-Section Rates by Hospital

Physician Credential Verification by State

Want to know if your doctor has been subject to a board hearing or disciplinary note? 

Here is a link to the State Board sites for all 50 states.

A letter to a hospital questioning their VBAC ban

A mom in Southern California sent me this letter that she sent to her local hospital.  With her permission, I’m sharing it here.  The hospital did respond to her in writing, which you can read here.


February 18, 2008

Dear _________,

I am a mother of a toddler who was born by cesarean. I recently moved to the area and was disappointed to learn that in 2003, [Hospital] system banned vaginal birth after cesareans (VBACs). According to [a local newspaper] article that covered the decision,

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommended in 1999 that physicians, including an […]

A letter from a hospital explaining why they banned VBAC

I was sent this letter by a mom from Southern California who wants to VBAC at her local hospital, but can’t since they have a VBAC ban.  She wrote a letter to them, which can be found here, and below is what she received in response.  She gave me permission to post both letters.

The letter was written on hospital letterhead.  I have included the entire letter here and it is typed exactly as it was written except for some identifying information that I have removed for the privacy of the OB who wrote the letter as well as the […]