A reader asks, “Am I making the right choice?”
Isha recently left this comment:
I am pregnant and plan on having a VBAC. As my due date gets closer, I get more nervous about it. I hope I am making the right choice in having the VBAC.
I too wondered if it was unreasonable to plan a VBAC when I had my cesarean. And that is when I started researching.
After all, my obstetrician said I was a great candidate for VBAC. But when I talked to my friends and family they looked at me like I had two heads.
All they had heard was how dangerous VBAC was and how convenient, easy, and safe cesareans were.
So, the discrepancy between what my doctor said and what my friends and family said was enough to propel me on my journey to VBAC and then creating VBAC Facts.
For me, what makes me scared is the unknown, so I found that learning more about the risks and benefits of VBAC versus repeat cesarean gave me a lot of peace.
I wanted to know, how likely was uterine rupture.
How likely was it that my baby or I could die?
How likely was it that I would have a victorious, healing VBAC with my wet baby slipping into my fingers?
It was only until I learned all the good stuff and all the bad stuff could I make an educated decision.
Now I spent years learning how to evaluate medical research and then compiling it and distilling it for my own use. So, I don’t recommend starting from scratch and culling through all the literature yourself because it will take forever… believe me, I know.
If I could have attended a class like my “The Truth About VBAC for Families” and just had all the information given to me, I would have jumped at the chance.
Because it’s not just all the things that are floating around in your mind right now. The specific questions you know to ask.
It’s also all the questions you don’t even know to ask. It’s the whole, “You don’t know what you don’t know” kind of thing.
And what I learned during my journey is how much I didn’t know. How much my friends and family didn’t know. And frankly, how much my doctor didn’t know.
And that’s not a slam on him. He is a great guy.
But the reality is, many busy obstetricians don’t have the time to go through the research. They certainly read an abstract here or there.
But they don’t have the time to really dig in and read a whole study start to finish… and then do that for every relevant study out there.
They have a busy practice, family, friends, and they need downtime like everyone else.
So, what I’m saying is, if you want to get up to speed quick, check out my program because it’s the most comprehensive course out there on VBAC especially for families.
It weaves together not only the medical facts but the politics of VBAC including VBAC bans, home VBAC, the bait & switch, and so much more.
After completing the course, you will be clear on what is right for you. And that might be a VBAC. Or it might be a repeat cesarean. There’s no judgement here. Just do what is right for you.
You will also be able to talk to anyone at anytime about VBAC and feel completely confident in that discussion. Because you will have the facts on the tip of your tongue ready to dispel any misinformation flying your way.
I wish you well on your journey and best of luck!
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Jen Kamel is the founder of VBAC Facts, an educational, training and consulting firm. As a nationally recognized VBAC strategist and consumer advocate, she has been invited to present Grand Rounds at a hospital, served as an expert witness in a legal proceeding, and has traveled the country educating hundreds of professionals and highly motivated parents. Even more have accessed her trainings online. She speaks at national conferences and has worked as a legislative consultant in various states focusing on midwifery legislation and regulations. She has testified multiple times in front of the California Medical Board and legislative committees on the importance of VBAC access and is the Secretary for the California Association of Midwives and the California Association of Licensed Midwives. Her favorite flavor of ice cream is peanut butter chocolate. And mint chip. And coffee.