• Click Your Way to the Best Info: finding quality VBAC and Cesarean info online
    By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA) BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE While April is recognized as Cesarean Awareness Month in both the United States and many other countries, quality consumer information about how to prevent cesareans (both primary {first} cesareans and subsequent ones) along with information about having a vaginal birth after a cesarean (VBAC) is valuable to... […]
  • Birth Story in Africa: a birth without fear
    Guest post written by Sarah S. In order to tell the birth story of my firstborn, I have to back up a bit. Actually, I have to back up a lot. For as long as I can remember I have been afraid of pregnancy and childbirth. My mother threw up the entire nine months of... […]
  • World Doula Week: a doula at a cesarean?
    Guest article by Lisa Kehoe IBCLC, CLD, CPD, in honor of World Doula Week (March 22-28). Your vision of birth probably did not include having surgery. You were thinking of a natural, unmedicated, maybe even home birth, and now you’re having a cesarean. You may feel uneasy about this, but, for whatever reason, it’s the only choice... […]
  • Accreta Awareness Blood Drive Event
    The International Cesarean Awareness Network is pleased to be participating in this year’s Accreta Awareness Blood Drive occurring nationwide on April 3rd in support of the Hope for Accreta Foundation. The purpose of this blood drive is to raise awareness of placenta accreta, a condition in which the placenta attaches itself too deeply into the... […]
  • ICAN Names Elizabeth Aldea the March 2015 Volunteer of the Month
    The International Cesarean Awareness Network is powered by the selfless efforts of our numerous volunteers. We cannot thank our dedicated volunteers enough for their cooperation and service in assisting ICAN with accomplishing its mission. In an effort to acknowledge some of our amazing volunteers who work tirelessly behind the scenes to offer support, education, and... […]


Midwife Shares Shocking Facts About C-Section Epidemic


Consumer reports discusses what procedures to avoid when your expecting. Read more >
The truth about the growing trend of cesareans from Natural News. Read more >

Find out where your state and local hospital stand on the VBAC ban. Read more >
Some helpful tips in this article – How to Avoid an Unnecessary Cesarean. Read more >
Great tips on coping with an unwanted cesarean. Read more >
And check out one of the FREE Choices in Childbirth workshops. (NYC area)

Babies Take Longer To Come Out Than They Did In Grandma’s Day… From NPR

The Pitfalls of ‘Going With The Flow’ in Birth… from Birth Trama Truths

VBAC after 3 prior cesareans

New research to be published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology has found that women with three or more prior caesareans who attempt vaginal birth have similar rates of success and risk for maternal morbidity as those with one prior caesarean, and similar overall morbidity (adding vaginal births and emergency caesareans together) as those delivered by elective repeat caesarean.

The findings indicate that women with three or more prior caesarean deliveries did not experience a difference in morbidity based on whether they attempted VBAC or elected for a repeat caesarean. The 89 women with three or more prior caesareans who attempted VBAC were as likely to be successful as women with one or two prior caesareans, 79.8% compared to 75.5% and 74.6% respectively. In addition, none of them experienced significant maternal morbidity such as uterine rupture, uterine artery laceration, and bladder or bowel injury. Read the article here…

New Research From the Midwifery Today Newsletter

According to a study published in the June issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology, babies born via vaginal birth after a prior cesarean section (VBAC) have lower rates of respiratory morbidity and intensive care admissions compared with babies born by repeat cesarean section.

The retrospective cohort study was comprised of 672 women with one prior c-section in a singleton pregnancy at 37 weeks or more gestation, and compared both neonatal outcomes and monetary costs of the procedures.

Researchers found that babies born via repeat c-section had higher rates of intensive care admission and higher rates of oxygen supplementation for delivery room resuscitation than those babies born by VBAC. Read the rest of the synopisis at Midwifery Today.

Jerusalem doctor describes c-section risks

Dr. Glazerman, a doctor located in Jerusalem, describes the risks involved in elective c-sections and repeat elective c-sections:

Damaging other organs during the operations, greater risk of hemorrhaging and infection, maternal death rate is 2.5 to 3.5 time higher than natural birth, dangers associated with anesthesia, chance that internal organs eventually adhere to one another due to membrane damage, 20% increase in extra-uterine pregnancies after a c-section, increase chance of miscarriage after a c-section, increase problems with placenta in future pregnancies after a c-section, risk of uterine rupture in future pregnancies, babies born by c-section are more likely to have respiratory problems, and problems bonding with baby after a c-section.

read the original article

Hospital Bans Don’t Add Up

VBAC Community would like to extend the very best wishes for Joy Szabo, mother of 3 with a fourth on the way. All of Joy’s children, so far were delivered at Page Hospital in Arizona, but hospital policy has recently changed to prohibited VBACs.

Joy had her first child naturally, her second was an emergency c-section because of a placental eruption and her third was a VBAC. Now Page Hospital is forcing her to have an elective C-section. The hospital claims it does not have the staff to handle an emergency C-section, but any labor has the possibility of necessitating an emergency cesarean.
Read more

From the North American Registry of Midwives:

Outcomes of planned home births with certified professional midwives: large prospective study in North America

Conclusions: Planned home birth for low risk women in North America using certified professional midwives was associated with lower rates of medical intervention but similar intrapartum and neonatal mortality to that of low risk hospital births in the United States.


Babycenter Has rewritten their article!!

Shocked! A response to article weighing ‘pros’ & ‘cons’ of elective c-sections.

NOTE! The original article critiqued on babycenter has been rewritten. The pros and cons of a VBAC vs. a repeat C-section are much more equally debated. Although I’m still not sure why fear of childbirth is a given ‘con’ and fear of major surgery is not.

The first portion of the article, which is recapping a recent study, is very reasonable. The second part of the article contains a list of ‘pros’ and ‘cons’ for both a vaginal birth and an elective c-section birth. This list is taken word for word from The article posted on is said to be “a physician panel-reviewed list of ‘pros’ and ‘cons’ of both vaginal birth and c-sections.” I am reluctant to believe any respectable physician reviewed… read more at wordpress…

Vaginal Birth After Cesarean: The basics.

Lear the definitions of VBAC, HBAC, Trial of Labor, Doula and more. Find out what certifications a midwife can have and what it means for you. read more…

Posterior vs anterior birthing positions

I’ve enjoyed the experience of fully dilating and pushing both posterior and anterior positioned babies. My first child, Kai, was in the posterior position, meaning his spine was lined up with my spine. In this position, the back of his head pushes against my spine during labor. It was my first labor and it ended in a c-section (although i had fully dilated and had been pushing for hours.) My second child, Madison, was in the anterior position, so her spine was lined up with my belly and her face pushed against my spine during contractions. (She was delivered vaginally) Having labored both posterior and anterior, I’m in a good position to describe and compare them. read more…

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