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New Research on Home Birth with an Obstetrician

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Over the last five years Dr. Stuart Fischbein, a Southern California obstetrician, has attended 135 home births. These deliveries included VBACs, vaginal breech and vaginal twin deliveries.

A summary of these births has been recently published.

Here are some highlights along with a few additional resources I compiled where you can learn more.

On patient selection:

“This model was not limited by strict protocols and allowed for guidelines to be merely guidelines. Women over 35, VBAC, breech and twin pregnancies were not excluded from this series simply because those labels existed. Each client was evaluated on her own merits and the comfort of the practitioner.”

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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. […]

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 […]

Myth: Risk of uterine rupture doesn’t change much after a cesarean

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1/18/12 – The difference in uterine rupture (UR) rates between unscarred and scarred uteri is significant: 1 in 14,286 in an unscarred uterus and 1 in 156 in a scarred uterus.  Another way to express this is: 0.7 in 10,000 (0.007%) in an unscarred uterus and 64 in 10,000 (0.64%) in a scarred uterus.  This 91 times greater risk does not mean that the risk of UR is so large in a scarred mom, it’s that it’s so very, very small in an unscarred mom.

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I came across a couple different bits of (mis)information […]

Labor Note Cards

I’m currently visiting a friend who is expecting her first baby in late August.  I’m so excited for her and am trying to give her all the great books and resources that I have been distilled from the endless choices out there without overwhelming her with my excitement, information, and ability to talk endlessly about birth. 

When I was pregnant with my first, I created some Labor Note Cards and then promptly forgot about them.  I can’t even remember if we brought them to the hospital for my short labor before my CS. Then I’m pretty certain I came […]

I’m pregnant and want a VBAC, what do I do?

I recently received this comment.

Hi…thank you so much for your site! Very informative. I live in Glendale and I had a c-section last year with my first daughter. I went in to be induced even though I wasn’t looking forward to it. No contractions. No mucus plug. No water broken. I guess I just wasn’t ready for labor yet. They hooked me up to an epidural because they said I was going to feel immense pain so I went with it. 26 hours went by and I never dilated so they gave me a c-section at citrus valley medical […]

Neonatal nurse has a homebirth VBAC

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 hospital.

I just wanted to let everyone know that I gave birth to a healthy babygirl Wednesday June 11th. I had a C/S with my son 2 years ago. He was8lbs 2oz and I was told that my pelvis wasn’t big enough to birth […]

Florida law mandates that insurance covers homebirth

Found this blog where another woman uses Florida law to get her insurance to cover her homebirth.

Here is Florida Statute Number 627.6574, but it’s section 7 that spells it out very clearly.  I’ve bolded it for your reading pleasure….

1) Any group, blanket, or franchise policy of health insurance that provides coverage for maternity care must also cover the services of certified nurse-midwives and midwives licensed pursuant to chapter 467, and the services of birth centers licensed under ss. 383.30-383.335.(2) Any group, blanket, or franchise policy of health insurance that provides maternity and newborn coverage may not limit coverage […]

Finding a VBAC Supportive OB or Midwife

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There are a ton of resources to find a good, truly VBAC supportive, OB or midwife. If you know of any others, please leave a comment with the info!

The VBAC Facts Community The Birth Survey ICAN email support group Birth After Cesarean email support group Your local ICAN chapter The ICAN Professional Subscribers list VBAC Meetup Groups Mothering.com VBAC Forum AP Doctor Referral yahoogroup The Big Push for Midwives – Resources by State Your local La Leche League chapter Your local Holistic Moms chapter Attachment parenting groups Extended breastfeeding groups Local homeschooling groups Find a VBAC supportive hospital RateMDs.com […]