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  • ICAN Names Lisa Keyser the June 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... […]
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  • Postpartum Doulas: support after cesarean
    Guest post by Debbie Young, DONA. Birth is unpredictable. There is no straight path to the birth of a precious baby so we follow the path wherever it leads. Sometimes that path leads to a cesarean. When a mother and baby come home after a cesarean there are a few extra things to think about,... […]
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  • ICAN Names Julie Herr the May 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... […]
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  • 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... […]
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  • 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... […]
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Resources

Hospital Bans from ICAN & VBAC.com:
http://www.cesareanrates.com/hospital-vbac-bans

Provider information:
http://www.choicesinchildbirth.org/network

Birth Center Location:
http://www.birthcenters.org/birth-center-locator

VBAC information & articles by the California College of Midwives – including ACOG guidlines, informed decision making & more

A forum of midwifes and doulas discussing various aspects of VBACs. They offer links for more information.

North American Registry of Midwives

http://www.thebigpushformidwives.org/


INTRODUCTORY ARTICLES:

Nice overall/general article about vbac’s: Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC)

VBAC article from VBAC.com

VBAC article from American Prengnancy.org

5 ways to find support for a VBAC:

This pamphlet, from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, contains basic information about vaginal birth after cesarean delivery (VBAC).

Tips & Tools: VBAC or Repeat C-Section

VBAC or repeat c-section?

EPIDURAL USE:

C-sections linked to epidural use

From VBACFacts.com
Questions to ask your care provider when inquiring about a VBAC

SCIENTIFIC STUDIES:

This article provides a huge list of scientific studies covering a variety of aspects of a VBAC. It gives authors/dates & a brief summation of the article. This is a great starting point for serious research into the risks of a VBAC: VBAC scientific journal bibliography for years 2005+

“Conflicting evidence on maternal and fetal safety of vaginal and cesarean childbirth after a previous cesarean makes patients and practitioners uncertain about pursuing a trial of labor or an elective repeat cesarean delivery. This review systematically evaluated and summarized the evidence related to women’s preference for delivery.” Interesting article about WHY women are choosing or not choosing a VBAC – the reasons might surprise you… Childbirth Preferences after Cesarean Birth: A Review of the Evidence by Karen Eden et al.

PeriStats: birth related statistics in the U.S. From the March of Dimes

ABOUT C-SECTIONS

Emergency Cesareans?
A look at types of cesareans and the common medical reasons why women may have a cesarean today.

UTERINE RUPTURE

“Uterine dehiscence (asymptomatic separations of the uterine scar) or ruptures occur in less than 2% of trials of labor, the same proportion as is seen among women who have routine repeat cesareans.” from http://www.vbac.com/chapter38.html
please read the full article for complete details.
(“Trials of Labor” are what many dr’s call attempted vbac’s.)

Comprehensive information about uterine scar ruptures during vbac’s: http://www.vbac.com/uterine.html

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