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Why we do this work

Families deserve accurate, unbiased information about their healthcare options.

So many parents are misled. They are told that the evidence doesn’t support VBAC. That their baby will die if they go into labor instead of surgery. That repeat cesarean is always the safest choice.

Some providers imply, or outright declare, that only selfish people who value “a birth experience” over a healthy baby choose VBAC.

Rules and laws that limit access to VBAC effectively force people to have repeat cesareans or plan unassisted births. Fear about lawsuits influence how clinicians counsel people pregnant after a cesarean and drive the over 80% repeat cesarean rate in the US. The system is broken.

While the evidence supports VBAC, and warns against the complications associated with repeat cesareans, many parents are repeatedly cautioned about the dangers of VBAC throughout their pregnancy until they are worn down and “consent” to another cesarean. Parents frequently report that informed consent does not take place in VBAC discussions with their providers.

Hospital policy and provider preference driven by litigation fears, convenience, and misinformation operating within an authoritarian climate shapes the care that women and birthing people receive rather than the risks and benefits of their options or what the birthing parent wants.

The VBAC rate has slowly increased in the US over the last few years from about 10% to about 14%, but this change has happened at a snail’s pace, and this rate is still far lower than experts believe it should be. Families cannot wait years for these trends to shift while they are having babies now.

Parents deserve accurate, current, unbiased information so they can make the best healthcare decisions for their families—specifically, about VBAC and repeat cesarean in a climate full of misinformation and fear.

As a clinical researcher, I find that Jen does an exceptional job in presenting research objectively and in context. It is very refreshing.

Angie BondAngie Bond
Post Doctoral Research Fellow, College of Evolutionary Medicine
Arizona State University

I shared vbacfacts.com with the director of our Obstetrics department because I think Jen does a great job of gathering factual information. He sent it out to everyone in the department!

JoAnn McQueen Yates
JoAnn McQueen Yates
Certified Nurse Midwife

Jen does a very important service for women looking to make truly educated decisions.

Jenni S
Jenni S
Licensed Practical Nurse

Thank you Jen for the candles of knowledge that you are lighting all over the world. You offer REALISTIC information and it is a powerful contribution to womankind.

Brittany Ortiz
Brittany Ortiz
Birth Doula
Apprentice Midwife

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Jen Kamel

Jen Kamel is the CEO and Founder of VBAC Facts®. Since 2007, their focus has been to provide objective, accurate information about the data available on vaginal birth after cesarean and repeat cesarean to parents, professionals, policymakers, and the court so all decisions can be informed, ethical, and just. In this capacity, she creates educational courses for parents and CE trainings for professionals as a Continuing Education Provider through the California Board of Registered Nursing. She speaks at conferences around the world on the VBAC evidence as well as presents Grand Rounds at individual hospitals. In her ongoing efforts to educate policymakers on the VBAC evidence, she has testified multiple times in front of the California Medical Board and a variety of other regulatory committees as well as have consulted on legislation and regulation in multiple states. She serves as an expert witness and consultant in legal proceedings so the court may make its deliberations on the medical research rather than conventional wisdom.

Jen Kamel

Jen Kamel is the CEO and Founder of VBAC Facts®. Since 2007, their focus has been to provide objective, accurate information about the data available on vaginal birth after cesarean and repeat cesarean to parents, professionals, policymakers, and the court so all decisions can be informed, ethical, and just. In this capacity, she creates educational courses for parents and CE trainings for professionals as a Continuing Education Provider through the California Board of Registered Nursing. She speaks at conferences around the world on the VBAC evidence as well as presents Grand Rounds at individual hospitals. In her ongoing efforts to educate policymakers on the VBAC evidence, she has testified multiple times in front of the California Medical Board and a variety of other regulatory committees as well as have consulted on legislation and regulation in multiple states. She serves as an expert witness and consultant in legal proceedings so the court may make its deliberations on the medical research rather than conventional wisdom.

Free Handout Debunks...

There is a bit of myth and mystery surrounding what the American College of OB/GYNs (ACOG) says about VBAC, so let’s get to the facts, straight from the mouth of ACOG via their latest VBAC guidelines.

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