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Oregon hospital supports vaginal breech birth

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 [...]

Contra Costa Regional Medical Center Supports VBAC & Wins Award

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 [...]

VBAC & Cesarean Rates of California Hospitals, 2007

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’ [...]

Why if your hospital "allows" VBAC isn’t enough

Sure, your hospital and/or OB might say that they are supportive of VBAC, but if they have a low VBAC and high cesarean rate, you know to keep looking! 

If a hospital that “allows” VBAC, has a 4% VBAC rate, how likely to you think it is for you to successfully VBAC there?  Not [...]

VBAC & Cesarean Rates of California Hospitals, 2006

I’ve copy and pasted the entire spreadsheet below.  Be sure to read, “Why if your hospital ‘allows’ VBAC isn’t enough.”

If you look at the PDF (link provided below), you will see that the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development has cesarean section and primary cesarean section listed as “POSSIBLE OVER UTILIZATION” and [...]

VBACing Against the Odds

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 [...]

Cesarean and VBAC Rates of Virginia Hospitals

I’m hoping to compile this info for all 50 states.  One more down…


Changing policies on vaginal birth after cesarean: impact on access.

Birth. 2007 Dec;34(4):316-22. Changing policies on vaginal birth after cesarean: impact on access.

Roberts RG, Deutchman M, King VJ, Fryer GE, Miyoshi TJ.Department of Family Medicine, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health, Madison, Wisconsin 53715, USA.

BACKGROUND: The issue of vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) has become highly visible and contentious. [...]

Cesarean & VBAC Rates of Hospitals – AL, AK, CA, FL, ME, MA, NJ, NY, OR, TX

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 [...]

Healthbeat – Vaginal Birth After C-Section

Here is a link to a great news article out of New Mexico on VBACs.  It includes a fantastic video.

Here are my two favorite quotes:

"’Philosophically, it’s sort of practicing old fashioned medicine where we used to say once a Caesarean, always a Caesarean, and that has proven to be not the case,’ said [...]