New VBAC documentary “Trial of Labor”

by | Aug 7, 2012 | VBAC | 6 comments

I’m so excited for the latest VBAC documentary, “Trial of Labor,” to come out!

One of the filmmakers, Robert Humphreys, attended a course I taught in Los Angeles in March 2010 so I feel a special connection to this project which has ICAN’s stamp of approval.

There is still time for you to help bring this important movie and topic to the public.  Mr. Humphreys, together with Dr. Elliot Berlin, a popular Los Angeles chiropractor, are looking to raise the last of the funds required to complete this movie.  You can contribute as little as a dollar.  As I write this, they have raised over half of their goal.  This pledge drive will continue until Friday August 24, 2012 12:00am EDT.

We need to counter the incorrect conventional wisdom that VBACs are excessively risky and cesareans are the only prudent choice.  We need to clarify that both VBACs and cesareans have REAL benefits and REAL risks.   We need to reinforce the idea that it should be up to each mom to evaluate those risks and benefits to herself, her baby, as well as her future fertility, pregnancies, mode of delivery options, and long term health.  We need to share the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ latest VBAC guidelines as well as the documents and lectures from the 2010 National Institutes of Health VBAC Conference.  It’s only through education will women be able to make an informed choice.

You can also help spread the word by liking the “Trial of Labor” fan page on Facebook and blogging about the movie!

What do you think?
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  1. Jen, it’s been a while. Any news on this project?

    • Yes!

      It’s been out for at least a year now… and I will be hosting a virtual screening on July 10, 2016!

      If you are on my email list, you will get all the details. Sign up here.

      You can learn more about the documentary here.

      Stay tuned!



  2. Do you know if the documentary is available or has been released yet?

    • It’s still in the works. Stay tuned!

  3. It would be interesting of they covered ‘special scars’ moms. I had an inverted T csection in 2008 and I vbac’d with a totally supportive Obgyn almost a year ago. After my csection, I was told by the university hospital that did my section that I would be a RCS at 36 weeks from now on.I educated myself on the risks with vbacing (with my inverted T scar) and a RCS and choose to search for a provider who believed in my body’s ability to birth my baby the way it was intended to. My csection (while necessary) was depressing, painful and life changing. My vbac was short, sweet and empowering.

  4. i had a c-section 1/7/97, then a vbac, 8/10/99, and9/16/04 all went well, my section was for transverse breech, my first dr was wonderfully supportive, the second a civilian in wa state was antaganistic and sceptical, i kept saying “i have a proven pelvis” so she agreed to let me “try”.


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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.

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