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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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.