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  • Birth Story: Heather’s VBA2C
    Heather’s VBA2C Birth Story (photo provided by Heather) Birth story and photos shared by Heather M. During my last few prenatal visits, my provider had been getting more and more negative about my vba2c [vaginal birth after 2 cesareans]. I would hear comments like, “Oh, you are not dilated at all so you have a crappy cervix and […]
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  • 5 ways a cesarean impacts a new family and what we can do about it
    “I hated him”. Sarah took a deep breath. “I know it’s not logical, there wasn’t anything he could do, but that’s how I felt. I hated him for not protecting me.” A Caesarean Section is both the most common and least necessary surgery conducted in the United States. It is also the only surgical procedure that will be […]
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  • ACOG’s New Labor Guidelines Fall in Step with ICAN’s Mission
    ACOG’s New Labor Guidelines Fall in Step with ICAN’s Mission New, Breakthrough Guidelines Pave Way for Safer Labor and Birth Release Highlights: New study shows that labor takes longer than previously believed, and it is safer in most cases for a woman to labor longer than for providers to push for cesarean birth. The emphasis throughout the report […]
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  • Was the art of independence lost in the shuffle? Or forced out in labor and delivery rooms?
    By Jennifer Antonik Our daughter is in that lovely stage of life where everything has to be a struggle or it isn’t worth her time it seems. She’ll be three soon. (I can see many of you emphatically nodding your heads in empathetic understanding.) Truly, I love that age though. It’s magical. She is quite the independent little princess. […]
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  • New Survey Shows High Success Rate for VBAC’s at Home
    by Karen Troy, PhD The Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA) recently published data from a large and well-tracked series of planned home births, the result of a home birth registry program that was initiated in 2004 (1).  The data set included nearly 17,000 planned home births attended by a mix of midwives including CPMs (79%), […]
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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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