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. […]
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.
The history of VBAC bans
Jen’s unique form of advocacy.
ACOG’s 2010 VBAC recommendations
The various documents related to the 2010 National Institutes of Health VBAC Conference
Birth myths, specifically on inducing VBACs, how the risk of uterine rupture differs between women who have had a cesarean and those who haven’t, and how the risk of rupture compares between induced, unscarred moms and scarred moms.
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. […]
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, or percreta during a fourth cesarean or a VBA3C (vaginal birth after three cesareans) is 2.13% (1 in 47) (Silver 2006).
Most women planning a VBA1C (vaginal birth after one cesarean) are aware of the risks of uterine rupture. However, women planning their first vaginal birth […]
A mom seeking a VBAC runs into major roadblocks at her local hospital which has a VBAC ban. VBAC Facts compiled a list of options based on real live decisions of women who VBACed despite bans. Did you deliver at a VBAC ban hospital? What was your strategy? Are you a health care provider at a VBAC ban hospital and have some insight? […]
A mom planning a VBA1C (vaginal birth after one cesarean) at a Southern California Kaiser recently emailed me. She discovered while interviewing her care provider and asking how they treat VBAC labors differently than non-VBAC labors (an excellent question), that they require intrauterine pressure catheters (IUPC) in all VBAC labors. She wanted to know what I thought of their policy.
As I read more and more about IUPCs, I was increasingly curious why they would be required. The evidence for their ability to predict uterine rupture is lacking and as a result major OB/GYN associations do […]
Below I’ve included an article from MartinezPatch and I highlighted some sections. This hospital boasts a 90% VBAC success rate. That is huge!
As I shared in A father asks “Why invite the risk of VBAC?:
I had the opportunity to attend the March 2010 National Institutes of Health VBAC Conference where the ability of rural hospitals to safely attend VBACs was extensively discussed. One doctor spoke during the public comment period and stated that her rural hospital had a VBAC rate of over 30%! It turns out, if a hospital is supportive of VBAC and motivated, they can absolutely […]
Update 4/11/12: Since I wrote this article, the brilliant Jill Arnold from the Unnecesarean started a new website where she shares cesarean rates by hospital: CesareanRates.com. I would recommend checking this resource first before trying out the strategies I describe below.
Jeri left this comment at I’m pregnant and want a VBAC, what do I do?:
I want to plan for a VBAC I am not pregnant as of yet but will be ttc in 2 months. I am from La Crosse WI area and they have two hospitals Gunderson Lutheran and Franciscan Skemp..when I called them to get […]