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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 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 […]

What your doctor didn’t tell you about VBAC

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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 unmedicated birth and countless other ugly things that no one would actually say to each other in real life.]

It’s truly boring to read.  And sad.  Why the need for insults and defensiveness?

I am not someone who enjoys “debating” and finds the “education […]

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 about VBAC and repeat cesarean and what people generally believe.

In meeting this goal, VBAC Facts makes hard-to-find, interesting, and pertinent information relative to post-cesarean birth options easily accessible to the people who seek it. VBAC Facts does not advocate for a specific […]

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 this important movie and topic to the public.  Mr. Humphreys, together with Dr. Elliot Berlin, a popular Los Angeles chiropractor, are looking to raise the last of the funds required to complete this movie.  You can contribute as little as a dollar.  As I write […]

“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 insurance practices based on a previous cesarean.  This can include but is not limited to demands for sterilization, restrictions on how soon you can have another pregnancy and be covered, higher premiums, restrictions on the total amount of benefits they will pay, excessively high deductibles […]

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 a hospital birth, in a hospital that bans VBAC, because she has no other options (not feeling comfortable with a homebirth is an acceptable reason to not have a homebirth for this purpose, so it doesn’t have to be in an area where there are […]

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 group induces all of their patients! He said by 38 weeks the baby is ready – so why not get them out in the real world! I know it’s REALLY because they are 3 men, who just don’t want to get called out in the […]