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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 [...]

Attorneys looking for VBAC ban victims

This was emailed out on the ICAN list:


Dear Friends,

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 [...]

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 [...]

Changing policies on vaginal birth after cesarean: impact on access.

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. [...]

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 [...]

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.

Medical Anthropologist Becomes a Midwife

A really fascinating article!

Becoming her work By THERESA HOGUE Gazette-Times reporter

To better study homebirths, debunk myths, OSU anthropologist became a licensed midwife When cultural anthropologists are looking at a group they want to study, one of the best ways to access the group is to immerse themselves in the culture, such as moving [...]