• 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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  • ICAN Names Elizabeth Aldea the March 2015 Volunteer of the Month
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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


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

VBAC article from

VBAC article from American

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?


C-sections linked to epidural use

Questions to ask your care provider when inquiring about a VBAC


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


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


“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
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:

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