What a miracle this woman survived! This was her fifth baby and fourth cesarean.
She had a complication known as placenta percreta which is when “the placenta attaches itself and grows through the uterus, sometimes extending to nearby organs, such as the bladder” (March of Dimes 2012). The risk of having placenta accreta, increta, [...]
As a mom who had her cesarean due to footling breech presentation, I’m so excited to see this movie as well as be on the panel afterwards! If you can join us, please RSVP via the email address below.
I’ll have the following handouts available:
Quick Facts (download the PDF) 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. [...]
Many women do not interview OBs/midwives when selecting their VBAC care provider. They either stay with the GYN who has been providing their well-woman care or the same OB who performed their cesarean because they like them.
Women they really believe that if they are good patients, if they are friendly, if they don’t [...]
I love this! I meet women all the time whose confidence in their bodies has been dashed by the “failure to progress” diagnosis they received in past labors. This woman had three cesareans, all with that same diagnosis, because, as she says, she got to the hospital to early. And look what happens when she [...]
Two weeks ago, a woman gave birth.
Two weeks ago, a woman gave birth vaginally.
Two weeks ago, a woman gave birth vaginally after two cesareans.
Two weeks ago, a woman gave birth vaginally after two cesareans to twins.
And it happened in a hospital.
She is an incredible inspiration.
There were elements that could [...]
This is a great birth story, published with permission, of a woman who had a cesarean for “small pelvis” and then VBACed a larger baby at home! Since she is a neonatal nurse, it’s interesting to read why she chose HBAC and how she thinks her birth would have gone differently had she labored in [...]
A huge red flag for me is when an OB states upfront at the first prenatal visit, “the main goal is a healthy baby and mom.” Why would the OB say something that is really so obvious, it should go without saying? Because by explicitly vocalizing it as a response to a VBAC inquiry, the [...]
So many women tell me how brave I was to have a homebirth, let alone a home birth after cesarean (HBAC.) But I think the real heroes are the women who manage a vaginal birth, especially after a cesarean, in a hospital. The deal is so stacked against you and many women find that they [...]
Just another example of an unnecessary cesarean. This is one woman’s story illustrating the risks identified in studies I’ve posted on the respiratory issues that can occur when babies are born, before they are ready, via scheduled cesareans or induced vaginal births.
This post is shared with permission and I thank Brandy for sharing her [...]
The March 2004 issue of Gotham Magazine contained a great interview with Kate Winslet where she discusses the births of her two children: one an emergency cesarean and the other a VBAC. It goes to show what incredible healing can occur for some women when they VBAC.
G: So, did vou do the delivery au [...]
Wow, what an incredible video – it moved me to tears. Chronicles one woman’s journey through miscarriage, a cesarean (where she was told her pelvis was to small for vaginal birth), VBAC advocacy in her state of New Jersey (where she met with the governor and held a rally at her local hospital), onto her [...]
I just read this post and it breaks my heart…
This is a sad post I’m sharing with permission from a new member of the ICAN email support group. I’m hoping this post will inspire that person who is ‘on the fence’ between VBAC and repeat cesarean to make the extra effort and fight for that VBAC rather than mourn yet another cesarean.