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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

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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 [...]

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

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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 [...]

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

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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 [...]

Introducing the Micro Brochure!

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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! [...]

New VBAC documentary “Trial of Labor”

I’m so excited for the latest VBAC documentary, “Trial of Labor,” to come out!

One of the filmmakers, Robert Humphreys, attended a class I taught in Los Angeles in March 2010 so I feel a special connection to this project which has ICAN’s stamp of approval.

There is still time for you to help bring [...]

“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. [...]

American Women Speak About VBAC

In an effort to bring the consumer perspective to the 2010 NIH VBAC Conference, Jennifer Kamel, Founder of VBAC Facts, asked women across America, “Why is the option of VBAC important to you?” This is what they said. [...]

Please share your stories of insurance discrimination!

I’m forwarding this from ICAN.  Please forward far and wide.  We have the government’s attention.  They are ready to hear our stories.  Let’s turn the frustration, anger, and pain into real change!

If you have have discriminated against due to your prior cesarean, our government needs to hear about it!

ICAN needs stories about discriminatory [...]

Attorneys looking for VBAC ban victims

This was emailed out on the ICAN list:

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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 [...]

Should we blame women or doctors?

This post on a pregnancy message board under the subject “Inducing at 38 weeks” was the catalyst of a discussion on the ICAN email list (emphasis mine):

I’m for it! There is NOTHING wrong with me, actually not even THAT uncomfortable (knock on wood!), and my Dr. is inducing me at 38 1/2 weeks! The [...]