by Jen Kamel | Aug 3, 2022 | Birth myths, Cesarean section, Hospital birth, Infant Outcomes, Maternal Outcomes, Placental abnormalities, Planning your vbac, Uterine Rupture, VBAC, VBAC Bans
Over the course of the past 15 years, I have come across a lot of misinformation about VBAC. All of the myths below have come straight from readers who have asked me, “Is this true?” And every single time, the answer as been, “No.” I thought it was time to pluck out the most pervasive VBAC myths and assemble them into one article… and downloadable handout. These myths cover basic things like uterine rupture rates to difficult topics like death and logistical things like hospital policy. In the end, all of these myths confuse birthing women and people about their options making it impossible for them to make a truly informed decision between vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) and elective repeat cesarean section.
by Jen Kamel | Mar 30, 2022 | Birth stories, Cesarean section, Home birth, Hospital birth, Language, Traumatic birth, VBACMy birth story was traumatic: What do I tell my kids? Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Like We recently shared the birth story of someone who planned a VBAC, labored, but had a repeat cesarean over on Instagram and received this comment from a reader: “Feeling all of...
by Jen Kamel | Aug 10, 2021 | Cesarean section, Planning your vbac, Special Scar VBAC, Using statistics, Uterine Rupture, VBACVaginal birth after classical incision: The true story behind the 4-9% uterine rupture rate Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Like If I were to ask you, “What is the risk of uterine rupture during a planned VBAC after a classical cesarean section?” how would you...
by Jen Kamel | Aug 5, 2019 | Cesarean section, Maternal Outcomes, Traumatic birth, VBAC
We often think of the physical risks and benefits when talking about VBAC versus repeat cesarean section, but what about the toll on mental health? The stress of having a complication like placenta accreta is often not addressed and parents are left on their own trying to figure out how to cope with this serious diagnosis. So I was thrilled to come across a study finally addressing this issue and to include it in our monthly Grand Rounds for VBAC Facts Professional Members. Join me for this Grand Rounds excerpt where we review Tol 2019, a study looking at the connection between abnormally invasive placenta and post traumatic stress disorder.
by Jen Kamel | Apr 24, 2019 | Cesarean section, Language
In an attempt to validate parents, some perinatal professionals tell parents who have had a cesarean, “It’s still a birth.” And I get where they are coming from. Their desire to affirm to the parent that they still birthed a baby and that this is a happy moment. Here’s the rub and where unintended consequences come into play: As a cesarean parent, I did not feel like my cesarean was a birth and having someone tell me, “No really, it is,” would have felt really dismissive and invalidating despite the good intentions at play.
by Jen Kamel | May 7, 2018 | Cesarean section, Hospital birth, Inductions, Infant Outcomes, Maternal Outcomes, Using statistics, Uterine Rupture, VBAC
A VBAC study out of Canada reported, “Absolute rates of severe maternal morbidity and mortality were low but significantly higher after attempted vaginal birth after cesarean delivery compared with elective repeat cesarean delivery.” After reading the abstract, and full text, I could quickly see how this study will be misinterpreted by many, so let me walk you through it.