Home VBAC threatened for California families
There has been a lot of confusion regarding AB1308, the legislation that went through at the beginning of this year in the state of California. It said that LMs were no longer allowed to attend home births in some situations (such as breech, beyond 42 weeks gestation, etc) and other situations required a physician to sign off on the home birth.
It’s these regulations that are currently being written by the Medical Board with input from ACOG, CAM, CFAM, and VBAC Facts. It is under discussion whether a prior cesarean should be included on this list of conditions that would necessitate a physician’s approval in order for the woman to plan a home VBAC.
On October 15, 2014, I flew to Sacramento and attended an Interested Parties Meeting at the California Medical Board. I spoke on behalf of California women who want home VBAC to remain an option in our state. You can read a summary of that meeting here and listen to a partial recording of the meeting here.
There is going to be another meeting on December 15th from 1-4pm in Sacramento (agenda) and I will be there once again representing consumers. I will be preparing a short testimony. If you are a California resident and would like to attend the meeting, please do. If you can’t, but want your voice to be heard, please email me the following information:
1. Why home VBAC is important to you
2. Your name
3. Your county
More information from the California Association of Midwives and California Families for Access to Midwives
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As a nationally recognized maternal health advocate and Founder of VBAC Facts®, Jen helps perinatal professionals, and cesarean parents, achieve clarity on vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) through her educational courses for parents, online membership for professionals, continuing education trainings, and consulting services. She speaks at conferences across the country, presents Grand Rounds at hospitals, advises advocates seeking legislative change in their state, and serves as a expert witness in legal proceedings. She envisions a time when every pregnant person seeking VBAC has access to unbiased information, respectful providers, and community support, so they can plan the birth of their choosing in the setting they desire.