• ACOG’s New Labor Guidelines Fall in Step with ICAN’s Mission
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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. […]
  • 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%), […]
  • Failure to Progress in Labor
    Many women that are told they need a cesarean for “failure to progress” may not realize that the doctor is likely looking at their labor and dilation and comparing it to research called Friedman’s Curve. This research was completed with 500 women more than 60 years ago.  A woman may be told that her doctor […]
  • Can Inducing Labor Lead to Cesarean?
    A labor induction uses medication, like Pitocin, or other techniques to bring on (induce) contractions in a pregnant woman. Induction occurs in more than 23% of births ( in the United States every year. That is, one in five women will have their labor induced. Studies show that there is increased risk for cesarean as […]


Hospital Bans from ICAN &

Provider information:

Birth Center Location:

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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