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Jan
24
Sat
2015
Ocala, FL “Truth About VBAC” Workshop @ College of Central Florida, Ewer's Tower, Room 212
Jan 24 all-day
Ocala, FL "Truth About VBAC" Workshop @ College of Central Florida, Ewer's Tower, Room 212 | Ocala | Florida | United States

This workshop has been merged with the Orlando workshop to be held on Sunday, January 25, 2014.

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Developed and presented by Jen Kamel, Founder/ Director of VBAC Facts, “The Truth About VBAC” delivers an evidence-based and unbiased review of interesting, pertinent, and hard to find information relative to post-cesarean birth options. The mission of VBAC Facts is to close the gap between what the best practice guidelines from ACOG and the NIH say about VBAC and repeat cesarean and what people generally believe.

While making information relative to post-cesarean birth options easily accessible to the people who seek it, VBAC Facts strives to create a deep understanding of “the why” by providing political and historical context of the current VBAC climate as well as medical and scientific context for understanding obstetrical risk and evaluating birth-related research. VBAC Facts is an advocate for accurate and fair information and does not promote a specific mode of delivery, type of health care professional, or birth location. Read more about this unique approach.

“I learned more about reading medical studies at the VBAC Facts workshop than I did in my research class in nursing school!” – CNM, San Diego, CA

Learn, network, and earn 6.6 continuing education hours! These CEs are accepted by all RN boards, NARM, ICEA, Lamaze, DONA, and CAPPA as well as many other medical and health organizations. Not all organizations accept nursing continuing education hours. Check with your particular organization. Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Continuing Education Provider #16238, for 6.6 continuing education hours.

“This workshop exceeded expectations! I feel very amply prepared to help encourage the needed changes in our community. The flow of information and building of knowledge over the day really helped with comprehensive understanding of the topic.” – BirthNetwork Chapter Leader, Spokane, WA

Can’t attend in Florida?  Catch VBAC Facts in another city, watch the Recorded Video of the Summer Webinar Series, or attend the Winter Webinar Series in December 2014.  Two Saturdays, all the information, live from your computer or watch the recorded video at a later time!

“This was the best workshop I have ever been to and I’ve seen Henci twice and I love Henci! Thank you!” – Childbirth educator, Sacramento, CA

It’s time for you to experience the workshop that practitioners, birth professionals, and parents alike describe as “essential, accurate, factual, carefully compiled, thoughtfully explained… simply, the best resource to date.”

If you would like to bring a VBAC Facts Workshop to your community, please review the Sponsor Agreement and submit an application as outlined in the agreement.

Those who miss the workshop due to attending a birth can either transfer their registration to the next workshop, webinar, recorded video, request a full refund, or donate their ticket to the VBAC Facts Scholarship Fund.

Testimonials

“For providers or for women exploring their options after cesarean, Jen Kamel’s VBAC Facts Class is a must. VBAC is unique in that you have to understand more than just the science in order to wade through the myths and misinformation, and here is thorough, unbiased, and hard-to-find information on the subject as a whole: science, history, and politics. I wish every OB, L&D nurse, and midwife out there could sit through this class — and, even more important, that every woman out there who has had a cesarean had the opportunity to get the truth about what her options are and why they may be so artificially limited. This class has the power to change how we think about VBAC.” – Cristen Pascucci, Vice President, ImprovingBirth.org, Louisville, KY

“I truly enjoyed your workshop (even with all the crazy math you made us do, lol). I love your delivery, your humor, and your ability to deliver both the pros and cons of such a sensitive topic.” – Doula, Tampa, FL

“Presenter had a strong understanding of statistics and did an admirable job communicating statistical principals to a non-mathematical community. Also helped explain what a medical study entails, how it is done, and how to interpret these studies.” – Father, MA (Mathematics), Sacramento, CA

“The workshop exceeded by expectations. I appreciate the method of delivery and how everything was broken down so it was easy to understand. It was awesome and I will definitely recommend it to everyone!” – Mom, Sacramento, CA

“Jen clearly lays out the risks of each option and let women/families know they need to make the choice they feel most comfortable with. In no way did it feel like she was pushing an agenda either way.” – Doula, San Diego, CA

“Jen Kamel presents a LOT of information and does so in an engaging way! She succinctly summarizes a tremendous amount of research and evidence – and shows the importance of the interplay between perspective and perception of risk (for both patients and providers). Excellent – I strongly encourage anyone involved in birth in any way to attend this seminar!” – CNM, Atlanta, GA

More testimonials on the Workshop FAQ.

This is one of two 2015 workshops scheduled in Florida.  The other workshop will be in Orlando the following day.

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Jan
25
Sun
2015
Orlando, FL “Truth About VBAC” Workshop @ UCP of Central Florida - East Orange Bailes
Jan 25 all-day

Orlando, FL 'Truth About VBAC' Workshop Flyer Jan 2015

Registration for the Orlando “Truth About VBAC” Workshop is now open!

If you are absolutely coming, please leave a comment below. We need 30 people to make this workshop happen.

Developed and presented by Jen Kamel, Founder/ Director of VBAC Facts, “The Truth About VBAC” delivers an evidence-based and unbiased review of interesting, pertinent, and hard to find information relative to post-cesarean birth options. The mission of VBAC Facts is to close the gap between what the best practice guidelines from ACOG and the NIH say about VBAC and repeat cesarean and what people generally believe.

While making information relative to post-cesarean birth options easily accessible to the people who seek it, VBAC Facts strives to create a deep understanding of “the why” by providing political and historical context of the current VBAC climate as well as medical and scientific context for understanding obstetrical risk and evaluating birth-related research. VBAC Facts is an advocate for accurate and fair information and does not promote a specific mode of delivery, type of health care professional, or birth location. Read more about this unique approach.

“I learned more about reading medical studies at the VBAC Facts workshop than I did in my research class in nursing school!” – CNM, San Diego, CA

Learn, network, and earn 6.6 continuing education hours! These CEs are accepted by all RN boards, NARM, ICEA, Lamaze, DONA, and CAPPA as well as many other medical and health organizations. Not all organizations accept nursing continuing education hours. Check with your particular organization. Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Continuing Education Provider #16238, for 6.6 continuing education hours.

“This workshop exceeded expectations! I feel very amply prepared to help encourage the needed changes in our community. The flow of information and building of knowledge over the day really helped with comprehensive understanding of the topic.” – BirthNetwork Chapter Leader, Spokane, WA

Can’t attend in Florida?  Catch VBAC Facts in another city, watch the Recorded Video of the Summer Webinar Series, or attend the Winter Webinar Series in December 2014.  Two Saturdays, all the information, live from your computer or watch the recorded video at a later time!

“This was the best workshop I have ever been to and I’ve seen Henci twice and I love Henci! Thank you!” – Childbirth educator, Sacramento, CA

It’s time for you to experience the workshop that practitioners, birth professionals, and parents alike describe as “essential, accurate, factual, carefully compiled, thoughtfully explained… simply, the best resource to date.”

If you would like to bring a VBAC Facts Workshop to your community, please review the Sponsor Agreement and submit an application as outlined in the agreement.

Those who miss the workshop due to attending a birth can either transfer their registration to the next workshop, webinar, recorded video, request a full refund, or donate their ticket to the VBAC Facts Scholarship Fund.

Testimonials

“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. 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, Founder, Evidence Based Birth. Read Rebecca’s entire review.

“Thank you so much for you clarity on the VBAC issue and the concerns surrounding it. As a CNM who does many VBACs (in hospital), I appreciate your efforts to spread factual, evidence- based information. I shared your website with the director of our Obstetrics department because I think you do a great job of gathering factual information for the lay public. He sent it out to everyone in the department! Job well done- keep it up!” – CNM, Caldwell, NJ

“For practitioners or for women exploring their options after cesarean, Jen Kamel’s VBAC Facts Class is a must. VBAC is unique in that you have to understand more than just the science in order to wade through the myths and misinformation, and here is thorough, unbiased, and hard-to-find information on the subject as a whole: science, history, and politics. I wish every OB, L&D nurse, and midwife out there could sit through this class — and, even more important, that every woman out there who has had a cesarean had the opportunity to get the truth about what her options are and why they may be so artificially limited. This class has the power to change how we think about VBAC.” – Cristen Pascucci, Vice President, ImprovingBirth.org

“Excellent presentation, Jen keeps you pulled into the facts, and presents them in such an interesting way, and with a lot of laughter. The VBAC community is blessed to have someone so talented presenting these facts, not in a dry monotone, but in a way that keeps the audience engaged.” – Rita, Registered Nurse, Long Beach, CA

“I thoroughly enjoyed the VBAC Workshop, information clearly presented regarding this controversial topic is always helpful and empowering for all.” – OB/GYN, Atlanta, GA

“I truly enjoyed your workshop (even with all the crazy math you made us do, lol). I love your delivery, your humor, and your ability to deliver both the pros and cons of such a sensitive topic.” – Doula, Tampa, FL

“Presenter had a strong understanding of statistics and did an admirable job communicating statistical principals to a non-mathematical community. Also helped explain what a medical study entails, how it is done, and how to interpret these studies.” – Father, MA (Mathematics), Sacramento, CA

“The workshop exceeded by expectations. I appreciate the method of delivery and how everything was broken down so it was easy to understand. It was awesome and I will definitely recommend it to everyone!” – Mom, Sacramento, CA

“Jen clearly lays out the risks of each option and let women/families know they need to make the choice they feel most comfortable with. In no way did it feel like she was pushing an agenda either way.” – Doula, San Diego, CA

“Jen Kamel presents a LOT of information and does so in an engaging way! She succinctly summarizes a tremendous amount of research and evidence – and shows the importance of the interplay between perspective and perception of risk (for both patients and providers). Excellent – I strongly encourage anyone involved in birth in any way to attend this seminar!” – CNM, Atlanta, GA

More testimonials on the Workshop FAQ.

This is one of two 2015 workshops scheduled in Florida.  The other workshop will be in Ocala the day before.

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Feb
28
Sat
2015
Shenandoah Valley, VA “Truth About VBAC” Workshop @ Shenandoah University
Feb 28 all-day
Shenandoah Valley, VA "Truth About VBAC" Workshop @ Shenandoah University | Winchester | Virginia | United States

Registration is now open for the Shenandoah Valley, VA “Truth About VBAC” Workshop! Secure a discounted early bird ticket (limited availability) and join us Saturday, February 28th, 2015 at Shenandoah University for the only 2015 Virginia “Truth About VBAC” Workshop.

“This workshop exceeded expectations! I feel very amply prepared to help encourage the needed changes in our community. The flow of information and building of knowledge over the day really helped with comprehensive understanding of the topic.” – BirthNetwork Chapter Leader, Spokane, WA

Learn, network, and earn 6.6 contact hours! Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Continuing Education Provider #16238, for 6.6 continuing education hours.

Discounted tickets for couples and WIC recipients. Same day tickets available if space permits.

“This was the best workshop I have ever been to and I’ve seen Henci twice and I love Henci! Thank you!” – Childbirth educator, Sacramento, CA

Can’t attend in Virginia?  Join me in another city or check out the Summer Webinar.  Two Saturdays, all the information, live from your computer or watch the recorded video at a later time!

“I have to say, honestly, I was coming into this workshop thinking I knew a lot about VBACs already and I wasn’t sure how much I would learn from it. Well, you blew my mind! I’m so grateful to be connected with you!” – Doula, Webinar

It’s time for you to experience the workshop that practitioners, birth professionals, and parents alike describe as “essential, accurate, factual, carefully compiled, thoughtfully explained… simply, the best resource to date.”

“I thoroughly enjoyed the VBAC Workshop, information clearly presented regarding this controversial topic is always helpful and empowering for all.” – OB/GYN, Atlanta

Those who miss the workshop due to attending a birth can either transfer their registration to the next workshop, webinar, recorded video, request a full refund, or donate their ticket to the VBAC Facts Scholarship Fund.

Testimonials

“For providers or for women exploring their options after cesarean, Jen Kamel’s VBAC Facts Class is a must. VBAC is unique in that you have to understand more than just the science in order to wade through the myths and misinformation, and here is thorough, unbiased, and hard-to-find information on the subject as a whole: science, history, and politics. I wish every OB, L&D nurse, and midwife out there could sit through this class — and, even more important, that every woman out there who has had a cesarean had the opportunity to get the truth about what her options are and why they may be so artificially limited. This class has the power to change how we think about VBAC.” — Cristen Pascucci, Vice President, ImprovingBirth.org, Louisville, KY

“I truly enjoyed your workshop (even with all the crazy math you made us do, lol). I love your delivery, your humor, and your ability to deliver both the pros and cons of such a sensitive topic.” – Doula, Tampa, FL

“Presenter had a strong understanding of statistics and did an admirable job communicating statistical principals to a non-mathematical community. Also helped explain what a medical study entails, how it is done, and how to interpret these studies.” – Father, MA (Mathematics), Sacramento, CA

“The workshop exceeded by expectations. I appreciate the method of delivery and how everything was broken down so it was easy to understand. It was awesome and I will definitely recommend it to everyone!” – Mom, Sacramento, CA

“Jen clearly lays out the risks of each option and let women/families know they need to make the choice they feel most comfortable with. In no way did it feel like she was pushing an agenda either way.” – Doula, San Diego, CA

“Jen Kamel presents a LOT of information and does so in an engaging way! She succinctly summarizes a tremendous amount of research and evidence – and shows the importance of the interplay between perspective and perception of risk (for both patients and providers). Excellent – I strongly encourage anyone involved in birth in any way to attend this seminar!” – CNM, Atlanta, GA

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Mar
28
Sat
2015
Cincinnati, OH “Truth About VBAC” Workshop @ All Things Birthy
Mar 28 all-day

Cincinnati, OH 'Truth About VBAC' Workshop Flyer Mar 2015

Registration for this workshop will open soon.  If you are absolutely coming, please leave a comment below to be notified when registration opens.  We need 30 people to make this workshop happen!

Can’t attend in Ohio?  Catch VBAC Facts in another city or attend the Winter Webinar Series.  Two Mondays, all the information, live from your computer or watch the recorded video at a later time!

If you live within 2-3 hours of Cincinnati and would like to sponsor a workshop on Sunday, March 29th, please submit an application before December 15, 2014.

Those who miss the workshop due to attending a birth can either transfer their registration to the next workshop, webinar, recorded video, request a full refund, or donate their ticket to the VBAC Facts Scholarship Fund.

What is the mission of VBAC Facts?

Due to the twenty year gap between research and practice, many Americans still think “once a cesarean, always a cesarean,” even though the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists (ACOG) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are clear: VBAC is a safe, reasonable, and appropriate option for most women with one prior cesarean and some women with two prior cesareans.

The mission of VBAC Facts is to close the gap between what the best practice guidelines from ACOG and the NIH say about VBAC and repeat cesarean and what people generally believe. While making information relative to post-cesarean birth options easily accessible to the people who seek it, VBAC Facts strives to create a deep understanding of “the why” by providing political and historical context of the current VBAC climate as well as medical and scientific context for understanding obstetrical risk and evaluating birth-related research. VBAC Facts is an advocate for accurate and fair information and does not promote a specific mode of delivery, type of health care professional, or birth location.

What does the workshop discuss?

Developed and presented by Jen Kamel, Founder/ Director of VBAC Facts, “The Truth About VBAC: History, Politics & Stats” delivers an evidence-based and unbiased review of interesting, pertinent, and hard to find information relative to post-cesarean birth options. It is a solid and fully-cited compilation of statistics, analysis, recommendations, and observations directly from respected medical journals, professionals, and organizations such as the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the National Institutes of Health.

This comprehensive workshop 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?
– How can I identify a strong medical study?
– 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?

Who should attend?

The natural audience of this workshop includes:

– women who have had cesareans, their spouse/partner/support person, and other family members or supportive friends;
– birth professionals such as doulas, childbirth educators, and lactation consultants;
– medical providers such as nurses, midwives and doctors; and
other professionals such as hospital administrators, lawyers, public health professionals, journalists, academics, and researchers.

A note to medical providers & birth professionals:

Please don’t think that VBAC Facts Workshops are overly simplified because parents are invited. I encourage parents to attend because it takes about 20 years for new evidence to be incorporated into clinical practice. Women are pregnant after a cesarean now. They need to understand what the evidence says, what ACOG and the NIH recommend, and that while some practitioners have incorporated this information, others have not. They need to understand that who they hire to attend their birth matters greatly. Please join me and help elevate the conversation about post-cesarean birth options among providers, professionals AND consumers!

What feedback has the workshop 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. 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, Founder, Evidence Based Birth.

“For practitioners or for women exploring their options after cesarean, Jen Kamel’s VBAC Facts Class is a must. VBAC is unique in that you have to understand more than just the science in order to wade through the myths and misinformation, and here is thorough, unbiased, and hard-to-find information on the subject as a whole: science, history, and politics. I wish every OB, L&D nurse, and midwife out there could sit through this class — and, even more important, that every woman out there who has had a cesarean had the opportunity to get the truth about what her options are and why they may be so artificially limited. This class has the power to change how we think about VBAC.” – Cristen Pascucci, Vice President, ImprovingBirth.org

“Excellent presentation, Jen keeps you pulled into the facts, and presents them in such an interesting way, and with a lot of laughter. The VBAC community is blessed to have someone so talented presenting these facts, not in a dry monotone, but in a way that keeps the audience engaged.” – Rita, Registered Nurse, Long Beach, CA

“I thoroughly enjoyed the VBAC Workshop, information clearly presented regarding this controversial topic is always helpful and empowering for all.” – OB/GYN, Atlanta, GA

“I learned more about reading medical studies in your workshop than I did in my research class in nursing school!” – CNM, San Diego, CA

“Excellent – I strongly encourage anyone involved in birth in any way to attend this seminar!” – CNM, Atlanta, GA

“I truly enjoyed your VBAC class (even with all the crazy math you made us do, lol). Having had a previous natural VBAC and working with many, many wonderful VBAC hopefuls, your class shed a lot of light to many shady areas when it comes to VBACs and the OBs/Hospitals who refuse (or encourage) them. I love your delivery, your humor, and your ability to deliver both the pros and cons of such a sensitive topic.” – Rachele Koprowski, Doula, Cape Coral, FL

“Jen has a strong understanding of statistics and did an admirable job communicating statistical principals to a non-mathematical community. Also helped explain what a medical study entails, how it is done, and how to interpret these studies.” – Math Educator (MA), Sacramento, CA

“This webinar was just as valuable for me as it was to sit in four years 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.” – Serena Lynch, Midwife, Minnesota

“Thank you so much for your wonderful workshop. I have to say, honestly, I was coming into this workshop thinking I knew a lot about VBACs already. I wasn’t sure how much I would learn from it. Well, you blew my mind! I’m so grateful to be connected with you!” – Gwendolyn, Doula, Lancaster, PA

More testimonials on the Workshop FAQ.

Will my husband/boyfriend/male partner be comfortable?

This workshop is entirely “guy friendly.” There are no pictures or videos of women laboring and, surprisingly, not a whole lot of “vagina talk.”

Can I bring my children?

Nursing babies in arms are ok. Keep in mind that most people find themselves writing notes throughout the class. It might be helpful to bring your husband/partner via the couples ticket so you can switch off baby holding and note writing! If you baby begins crying or is disruptive, you will need to step outside with them until they calm.

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 too late to learn.

Is the goal of the class to convince women to have a VBAC?

While Jen had a wonderful home VBAC and it was the right choice for her, other women may find that the right choice for them is a hospital VBAC with pain medication or a repeat cesarean. That is their decision to make with their body. This class is a respectful environment and as such, your choices will be respected. There is no “right way” to birth, only the right way for you. Learn more about Jen’s unique style of advocacy.

Does the class offer continuing education hours?

Yes! Those who attend an in-person class, webinar, or watch the video at their own pace (within 30 days of receiving the video link), can earn 6.6 continuing education hours from the California Board of Registered Nursing. These CEs are accepted by all RN boards, NARM, ICEA, Lamaze, DONA, and CAPPA as well as many other medical and health organizations.

Confirm that your licensing body accepts nursing CEs.

Not all organizations accept continuing education hours earned via on-line classes or videos. Check with your particular organization.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Continuing Education Provider #16238, for 6.6 contact hours.

Where can I get more information?

The Class FAQ answers more questions and you can always email VBAC Facts.

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