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VBAC: A husband’s experience and lessons learned

 

“I have just seen so many women who have husbands who aren’t supportive because they don’t understand. My husband would love to help more men understand.”

A couple recently shared their VBA2C (vaginal birth after two cesareans) journey with me.  It touched my heart.  My the time I was done reading it, I [...]

What I said on a message board (I’m so tired of women chasing their tails)

Two women fighting and screaming

Last week there was yet another “chasing our tails” debate about VBAC vs. repeat cesarean on yet another VBAC/ birth/ parenting message board on-line.  You’ve seen them.  They usually degenerate into:

“You are selfish for planning a VBAC!”

“Yeah?  Well you are uninformed for planning a repeat cesarean!”

[Insert accusations of martyrdom for planning an [...]

Write for VBAC Facts: Hospital VBAC Ban Reversals

howwereversedvbacban

I’m so excited to announce a new series on VBAC ban reversals. My objective with this series is to show that hospitals do reverse their bans and to give other hospitals a blueprint for how they can do the same. So, if you work for a hospital that has reversed their VBAC ban and you would like to share your experience with other hospitals via vbacfacts.com, please contact me. Submissions can be anonymous and do not need to provide the hospital’s name. [...]

OB front office staff doesn’t know what a VBAC is

Businesswoman Outdoors on Cell Phone

Trying to find a VBAC supportive health care provider can be (very, very) difficult process. Understandably, some women choose to call various providers rather than meet with them face to face. This woman’s experience illustrates the pitfalls of this method. [...]

Birth Plan Radio Show Notes

old fashioned radio

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 [...]

Induction is wrong, wrong, wrong… wait, what?

Strict asian girl

I hear all the time how induction in VBAC is contraindicated. This is false. This is the kind of misinformation that materializes when we demonize all induction rather than specifying that elective inductions are not worth the increased risks.

It’s important to use clear, specific language when we talk about birth because there is a [...]

Why cesareans are a big deal to you, your wife, and your daughter

Surgeon Operating on a Patient

I hear a lot, “What’s the big deal about cesareans? What difference does it really make if you have a cesarean?” Of course, if a cesarean is medically necessary, then the benefits outweigh the risks. But in the absence of a medical reason, the risks of cesareans must be carefully considered. [...]

Some people think I’m anti-this/ pro-that: My advocacy style

stack of rocks balancing in grass

The way I do things

VBAC Facts communicates differently than many others who speak or write about birth. Rather than advocating for a specific decision, we advocate for access to information. Specifically, the mission of VBAC Facts is to close the gap between what the best practice guidelines from ACOG and the NIH say [...]

Evening primrose oil: “Don’t use it if you are pregnant?”

EPO

Many moms and midwives use evening primrose oil (EPO) for cervical ripening. So I was absolutely shocked at the complete lack of evidence on the effectiveness and safety of EPO among pregnant women. There is one study that examined the oral use EPO during pregnancy. It concluded EPO didn’t work as we expected it to and further, women who took EPO were more likely to experience a whole host of complications. Shockingly, there are no studies on the vaginal use of EPO during pregnancy. In short, there is insufficient clinical evidence documenting the risks and benefits of EPO and without that information, should pregnant women take it? [...]

Myth: 50% of uterine ruptures occur before labor

Side profile of a pregnant woman

Becky recently ask this question on the VBAC Facts Community:”I read somewhere that the risk of uterine rupture is actually higher during pregnancy than during birth. Does anyone have a source for this?” [...]

Introducing the Micro Brochure!

Don't freak, share the facts billboard

I am so excited to announce the Micro Brochure, a folding business card that features the most important information on post-cesarean birth options as well as space for your contact information! [...]

Thoughts on VBA3+C (VBAC after three or more prior cesareans)

Childhood Girls

A mom recently asked over on the VBAC Facts Community, “Does anyone have some facts on vab3c?” I provided this mish-mash of info… [...]

Emotional healing from traumatic births

Sad Teenage Girl

So many women are carrying the emotional baggage of their traumatic births. This unprocessed anger and disappointment can negatively impact how future births unfold. Women often feel betrayed and lied to by the medical establishment while simultaneously wondering if their bodies are broken and incapable of birth. [...]

VBAC bans, exercising your rights, and when to contact an attorney

Gavel and Law Books

“Does the hospital have the right to stop contractions and section the patient? This is what I’m hearing in my birthing community and I really cannot believe a hospital would/could do that.” [...]

The term “trial of labor after cesarean” is actually really important

TOLAC

On the acronym TOLAC (trial of labor after cesarean)….

Some studies break out statistics in four ways.

1. ERCS/D (elective repeat cesarean section/ delivery) 2. VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) 3. CBAC (cesarean birth after cesarean aka cesarean after planned VBAC) 4. TOLAC (VBAC + CBAC stats)

Because we are unable to predict who will [...]