- What will the class cover?
- Does the class offer any continuing education hours?
- How can I bring “The Truth About VBAC” to my area?
- When and where will the classes be held?
- Do you offer a video of the class?
- What feedback has the class received?
- How do I become an VBAC Facts Attendee Affiliate?
- Is the goal of the class to convince women to have a VBAC?
- Do I need to be pregnant to attend?
- What if I live far away from the class location?
- What if I miss a class?
- What is your refund policy?
What will the class cover?
Have you had a cesarean? Do you want to understand your future birth options? Are your friends and family worried about your desire to plan a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC)? Are your clients or patients seeking accurate information? Can you speak intelligently on the risks and benefits of VBAC and repeat cesarean?
Developed and presented by Jen Kamel, Founder & Executive Director of VBAC Facts, “The Truth About VBAC: History, Politics & Stats” delivers an evidence-based review of interesting and hard to find information relative to post-cesarean birth options to parents, birth advocates, and medical professionals. It is jam packed with statistics, analysis, and recommendations directly from respected medical journals, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the National Institutes of Health.
The class answers many questions such as:
- What are the current VBAC guidelines?
- Why are VBACs banned in one-half of American hospitals?
- What is uterine rupture and what are the factors influencing a woman’s risk?
- What is the “immediately available” recommendation and how does it impact access to VBAC?
- Is it possible to plan a successful hospital VBAC?
- How long should a woman wait after a cesarean until she gets pregnant again?
- How do the risks and benefits of VBAC vs. repeat cesarean compare?
- What are the outcomes for moms and babies?
- What are the risks and benefits of out-of-hospital birth?
- How does mode of delivery impact gut colonization?
- What is the “VBAC double standard?”
- What are the factors for understanding obstetrical risk?
- How do you tell the difference between birth myths, scare tactics, and informed consent?
- What are a patient’s legal rights when it comes to birth?
Does the class offer any continuing education hours?
Yes! Whether you attend an in-person class, webinar, or watch the video at your own pace (within 30 days of receiving the video link), you will earn 6 continuing education hours through DONA International. Other organizations such as Lamaze and ICEA and some State Nursing Boards also accept DONA accredited continuing education hours. Not all organizations accept continuing education hours earned via on-line classes or videos. Check with your particular organization.
In addition, some in-person classes have been approved for continuing education through other organizations. Check an individual class’ registration page for more information.
To earn the continuing education hours, you must attend the entire class and submit the evaluation form at the classes’ completion to info at vbacfacts dot com. No partial credit will be given.
How can I bring “The Truth About VBAC” to my area?
Jen loves to travel and share her class! If you are interested in hosting a class in your area and earning a little money for yourself or your organization along the way, please review the Local Sponsor Agreement for more details.
After you sign the Sponsor Agreement, Jen will create and supply you with various marketing materials. See samples here and click on individual flyers to see the various links provided. You will also be invited to join a group of current and mentor Local Sponsors who can give you tips, ideas, and encouragement on how to plan and market a successful event.
When and where will the classes be held?
Jen offers both in-person and online classes called webinars. A webinar is when you attend the class from your computer. It is a live class, not a recording. You can see Jen, hear her voice, see all her slides, ask questions, and interact with others in the class. Subscribe to the VBAC Facts E-List to be notified of future dates. Questions? Email info at vbacfacts dot com.
June – November 2013
Do you offer a video of the class?
Work full time? Have an unpredictable schedule? Busy chasing small kiddos? Is it hard for you to find a 6 hour block of time? For those who can’t attend a live event, Jen also offers a video of the latest webinar presented in March 2013. After registration, you will be emailed the link which is valid for 30 days. You can start and stop all you want and watch it in 15 minute increments if that is what suits your schedule. Everyone’s account is allotted with enough time so they can watch it twice.
What feedback has the class received?
“Bravo! I absolutely loved the VBAC Facts Class– I learned SO much! Jen does an amazing job of summarizing the latest evidence on VBACs and repeat Cesareans in a way that is easy to understand. I also loved when she talks about informed consent versus scare tactics, how to find a supportive care provider, and how to prepare for a hospital VBAC. If you’re worried that Jen is going to try and talk you into a VBAC– well, that’s not how she does things. In this class, Jen simply presents accurate facts and lets the evidence speak for itself. Every woman and family needs to make the decision that is best for them. In this class, Jen has created a non-judgmental environment for people who are exploring their options. I strongly recommend this class to anyone who is interested in learning about VBAC!” Rebecca Dekker, PhD, RN, APRN of www.evidencebasedbirth.com. Read Rebecca’s entire review.
“This webinar was just as valuable for me as it was to sit in four yrs of midwifery school!! You did an incredible job Jen and I just want to thank you again for all of the trillions of little (and big) labors of love (that I can only imagine) that went into birthing this. Everything you have pulled together is priceless and as a birth professional, brings a huge sigh of relief to me to know that others are out there just as passionate and just as dedicated to educating the people. This makes *my* work much easier as a birth professional. Looking forward to next weekend’s webinar!!” Serena Lynch, midwife, left this review after attending the 3/16/13 webinar
“Thanks so much for an awesome class! I want to tell mamas… please don’t be afraid to look at the stats. They do support what we intuitively know. Our bodies are made to give birth. Even in a climate that is unfavorable the majority of women who attempt VBAC are successful. Imagine what we can do as we spread the information, change this climate, and become empowered birth consumers. The conditions will become more favorable and that can only produce positive results for us. Share stats. Take classes like this and share them with other women. Go into a VBAC in full knowing, if you choose to VBAC after seeing accurate info. That is empowerment. These stats prove to me that I can trust my body. We are all at different places when it comes to accepting and evaluating risks. What might seem risky to one mama, might not to me or you. That is why this info is a must. Full knowledge can promote emotional healing and empowerment among birthing women. We can demand evidence based care. We can be familiar with the stats. We can go into our VBAC intuitively and trusting. This is not an one way or the highway game. This is a you know what is best for you scenario. As someone who works with emotional, mental, spiritual preparation for VBAC and birth quite often, I love the marriage to the intellectual preparation. They are great team members. Ok… probably don’t make a lick of sense, but I’m pumped. Thanks!” – Kelli B. Haywood, Educator and Birth Doula at Birth True Childbirth Education
“Thank you Thank You THANK YOU! Jen, I just LOVED The Truth About VBAC Webinar we finished up today [November 17, 2012]. I am definitely an advocate of following your intuition and trusting innate maternal wisdom, but knowing this information will help cast away those doubts about what moms’ bodies are capable of. A cesarean is not the ‘birth handicap’ we are led to believe it is by the mainstream. I encourage all doulas and childbirth educators and VBAC seeking moms and partners to take this class, capture this information and use it to win support from your birth team. You can VBAC with confidence having the data to reference, and Jen did an amazing job putting it all together in a clear manner, looking at the issue from myriad perspectives. Bravo Jen . . . well done!” -Jenn D’Jammos, CCCE at Earth Mama Birth
“Jen’s VBAC Facts webinar is interesting, organized, and most importantly, evidence-based! Some of my favorite parts included the many charts Jen created, which illustrate statistics regarding Cesarean section and VBAC in the U.S. I’m a visual learner, and putting those numbers in perspective really made it click for me. This class would be a great fit for parents, educators, doulas, and any health professional working with mothers and babies. A fabulous educational opportunity!” – Lindsey Rupp, CD(DONA), CLS, PCD (DONA) at Blissful Transition Doula Services
“I teach my clients and students that educating themselves is one of the most powerful paths to freedom. When it comes to birth—whether or not a woman is planning a VBAC–information is power. Jen Kamel has a masterful understanding of the research and she delivers it to mothers and birth workers in a clear, accessible, and applicable way. Thanks to Jen and www.VBACfacts.com this powerful body of knowledge can be used by all of us to cultivate the best possible birth experiences.” — Christy Diane Farr, Life Coach with Seeds and Weeds Coaching
“This class is all about the facts. It is low pressure. It gives you information from scientific journals that will help you make the best decision for you and your baby. At the end, you get to decide which set of risks you are willing to accept. It opened my husband’s eyes. Even though I’ve been telling him, he needed to hear the research and the numbers. Thank you!!!” — Mom seeking VBA2C
“Thanks for an outstanding class! It was very nice meeting you. Your hard work and dedicated research is incredibly impressive. Knowledge is Power, wish it would rub off on the whole OB community. I think the trend to eventually turn that direction for women’s choice of birth options will happen as more people put that kind of pressure on the issue. Bravo to you!” — Labor & Delivery Registered Nurse seeking VBA1C
“My husband and I certainly felt even more confident after the class. I would definitely recommend it to anyone considering a VBAC.” — A mom planning VBA1C
“Jen Kamel blew me away with the personable nature in which she delivered stats and figures. She clearly explained how women can use them to understand their options. I wish every person out there who feels strange when dealing with the numbers vs intuition question would take this class and get a good look at what the integration of the two looks like.” — Shannon Mitchell, Doula & Birth Advocate
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- June Webinar
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- Bear, DE in August
- Yucca Valley, CA in September
- Louisville, KY in October
- Tampa, FL in November
Is the goal of the class to convince women to have a VBAC?
While Jen had a wonderful VBAC with her son and it was the right choice for her, other women find that the right choice for them is a hospital VBAC or a repeat cesarean and that is their decision to make with their body. The objective of the class is to make hard to find and interesting information relative to post-cesarean birth options easily accessible to the people who seek it, not to convince anyone to make a specific decision. This class is a respectful environment and as such, your choices will be respected. Learn more about Jen’s unique style of advocacy.
Do I need to be pregnant to attend?
If you have had a cesarean and are considering your birth options, the best time to collect information is before you get pregnant. Then you have time to conduct your research and assemble your birth team without a due date looming. That said, it is never to late to learn.
What if I live far away from the class location?
The average person who attends the in-person class drives 45 minutes one way. 21% drive between 1 – 2 hours and 18% drive over two hours! Don’t let distance be a barrier to learning. That said, remember that the webinars are available so you can take the class from the comfort of your home and have a 30 second commute from the coffeepot to your computer.
What if I miss a class?
You are welcome to take a future class (either an in-person or on-line class) or watch a video of a previously recorded class. Whatever works best for you.
A full refund, minus a $25 processing fee will be provided upon request up until three weeks before any class begins. After that time, refunds will not be issued, though students may transfer their registration to an upcoming webinar.
VBACfacts.com (Website) and “The Truth About VBAC” classes (Class) are designed to share interesting and hard to find information on post-cesarean birth options.
Information is shared via the Website and Class with the understanding that Jennifer Kamel is not a medical professional and she is not qualified to provide medical advice. If medical advice is required, the services of a competent medical professional should be sought.
It is not the purpose of the Website or Class to provide all the information that is otherwise available, but instead to complement, amplify and supplement other texts. The Website and Class are not comprehensive resources and should not be used as such.
Every effort has been made to make the Website and Class as accurate as possible. However, there may be mistakes, both typographical and in content. Therefore, the Website and Class should be used only as a general guide and not as the ultimate source of birth after cesarean information. Furthermore, this Website and Class contains information on birth after cesarean that is current only up to the published date.
You are encouraged to perform your own research and analysis and together with your qualified care provider, make a medical decision appropriate for your individual situation. For more information, see the many resources listed in the bibliography.
The purpose of the Website and Class is to educate and entertain. The author shall have neither liability nor responsibility to any person or entity with respect to any loss or damage caused, or alleged to have been caused, directly or indirectly, by the information contained in the Website or Class.
If you do not wish to be bound by the above, you may refrain from reading the website or attending the class.
Any money Sponsor earns via the Affiliate Program or via the per ticket Sponsor Compensation as well as any class related expenses (eventbrite fees, paypal fees, travel expenses, etc.), will be deducted from the commissions granted.