A mom recently asked over on the VBAC Facts Community, “Does anyone have some facts on vab3c?” I provided this mish-mash of info… […]
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. […]
If primary and secondary cesarean rates continue to rise as they have in recent years, by 2020 the cesarean delivery rate will be 56.2%, and there will be an additional 6236 placenta previas, 4504 placenta accretas, and 130 maternal deaths annually. The rise in these complications will lag behind the rise in cesareans by approximately 6 years. […]
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? […]
Since obstetrical complications arise during labor in women with no history of uterine surgery that require immediate surgical delivery, or more commonly in women with multiple prior repeat cesareans, how can a hospital claim that they are fit to attend those births, but not yours? […]
This is great! A hospital reversing their VBAC ban! I really wish articles like this would talk less about "the experience" and more about the life-long benefits of vaginal birth for mom and baby.
May 28, 2009
Natural birth after c-section possible at NMC again
By Leslie Griffy email@example.com
Monterey County women who’ve had a c-section don’t have to leave the county to give birth naturally anymore.
Natividad Medical Center announced Wednesday that so-called VBACs vaginal birth after cesarean are back.
Like hospitals throughout the country, those in the county […]
This information is so important for any woman seeking VBAC. It’s not enough that your hospital “allows” VBAC. In order to see how supportive that hospital is of vaginal birth, you need to know what their VBAC rate is in addition to their primary CS rate. Be sure to read, “Why if your hospital ‘allows’ VBAC isn’t enough” for more information as well as I’m pregnant and want a VBAC, what do I do?.
From 2006 to 2007, the total cesarean rate increased from 27.9% to 28.8% and the primary cesarean rate grew from 16.6% to 17.1 whereas the […]
This post was originally published June 14, 2008. It has since been updated to include more information on the technicalities of homebirth.
I have incredible software on this website called StatCounter and through that I’m able to see what search engine queries bring people to the site.
I’ve noticed more queries asking if VBAC is illegal.
VBAC is not illegal anywhere in the USA.
It is legal to have a hospital VBAC in all 50 states.
It is legal to have a out-of-hospital VBAC in all 50 states.
If someone has told you that VBAC is illegal, they are either […]
This was emailed out on the ICAN list:
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 […]
This article has links to cesarean and VBAC rates by hospital for the following states: Alabama, Alaska, California, Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas, and Utah. (For more information on California hospitals, go here.)
This is great info for women of those states!
Compliments of Our Bodies Ourselves: Finding and Comparing C-Section Rates by Hospital
Here is another response to the statement dated December 2007 from Hastings Indian Medical Center explaining why they no longer offer VBAC.
Wow is this article amazing for being published in the post-2004 “anti-VBAC per ACOG” era, by two MDs no less! If your OB gives you the third degree about VBAC, you might want to give him a copy of this article. The tide against VBAC might be turning!
Dated February 2008, not only does it openly and explicitly encourage VBAC, but it also:
declares VBAC as the “safest option” encourages efforts to “minimize the primary cesarean delivery rate” […]
A couple days ago, I posted the statement dated December 2007 from Hastings Indian Medical Center explaining why they no longer offer VBAC.
A midwife responded in the February 2008 edition of the same publication. Below find my favorite sections and below that is her entire piece.
Lisa Allee, CNM sums up ACOG and hospital VBAC policies so beautifully,
The change from pro-VBAC thinking to pro-repeat cesarean delivery occurred when ACOG came out with a recommendation (not a requirement) that physicians (doesn’t specify anesthesia) should be immediately available (no definition supplied).
Dr. Gahn, the author of Hastings’ statement, defended […]