There is this idea that if you don’t VBAC and you schedule a repeat cesarean, that you will be safe from complications. This is because during a “VBAC counsel,” women are often told of the risks of VBAC, namely uterine rupture, but they are rarely told the risks of repeat cesareans in their current and future pregnancies.
Abnormal placental implantation is one risk of cesareans that only present themselves when you get pregnant again.
Women who expect to only have two children, and thus opt for a repeat cesarean, might think that not VBACing is the safer, and more controlled […]
While there are care providers who may mislead you about your risks, benefits, and options, this article is written assuming that you are meeting with an ethical care provider who supports the option of VBAC. Read more on how to find a providers like this.
If you are a good candidate for VBAC, the single most important decision you can make that will have the greatest impact on your chances of VBAC success is who you hire to attend your birth. This is why it’s important to interview several care providers and ask specific questions.
You will often […]
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” […]
Care providers, OBs and midwives, can be broken down into three categories:
1. The ones who tell you outright they don’t to VBACs. While this is annoying, it is more honorable than the second type of care provider because at least they don’t…
2a. … tell you they are supportive, but then put so many qualifications on their support that it’s almost impossible to have a successful VBAC with them. I call this a “circus act VBAC.” They want you to think that if you just jump through all these hoops, you will VBAC. But what you don’t know as […]
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 […]
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 […]