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 cesarean and then VBAC.
Jen’s unique form of advocacy.
ACOG’s 2010 VBAC recommendations
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, [...]
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? [...]
I recently came across Oregon Health & Science University’s website where they support vaginal breech birth! The Portland, OR based facility says,
OHSU hospital offers breech vaginal birth for mothers who qualify based on Ultrasound and other testing. Please talk to your doctor or midwife about breech delivery. What is a breech birth?
Babies may [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
I recently received this comment from Angie in response to Homebirth vs hospital birth for the number cruncher:
You give statistics but don’t list any of the sources. If you want to lend any kind of credibility to this article you really should consider actually posting where you got your information from. Not to mention [...]
I know I’ve been neglecting the blog lately.
I see things daily that I want to write about, but never actually have the time between laundry, dishes, meal prep and daydreaming of going to the National Institutes of Health’s upcoming free conference entitled Consensus Development Conference on Vaginal Birth After Cesarean: New Insights. I’m [...]
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 [...]