This was emailed out on the ICAN list:
As you are likely aware, many women are denied access to VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) because of hospital policies and outright bans. Attorneys with the Northwest Women’s Law Center in Seattle are looking at this issue.
It requires that the woman is planning [...]
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 [...]
Birth. 2007 Dec;34(4):316-22. Changing policies on vaginal birth after cesarean: impact on access.
Roberts RG, Deutchman M, King VJ, Fryer GE, Miyoshi TJ.Department of Family Medicine, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health, Madison, Wisconsin 53715, USA.
BACKGROUND: The issue of vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) has become highly visible and contentious. [...]
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.
Below is a news article discussing the VBAC ban at St. Peter’s Hospital in Helena. http://helenair.com/articles/2007/12/26/helena/a011226_02.txt
If there is a hospital near you that has imposed a VBAC ban, contact your local newspaper and let them know. Offer information, statistics, and your own experience. I think it’s important that we stress how banning VBACs is [...]
I don’t know if you live in an area of the country that has hospitals that permit VBACs or not, but consider for a moment that your only option was an unwanted repeat surgical birth or a homebirth. Now consider that homebirth and/or midwifery is illegal in your state. This is the "choice" that many [...]