Did you know VBACs were widely available until the late nineties when nearly 1 in 3 U.S. mothers with a prior cesarean had a vaginal birth?
How can we help educate parents and professionals about bringing back the choice to labor for a VBAC? Some of the suggestions made by maternity care professionals at the Lamaze/ICEA Joint Conference in Las Vegas suggested the following:
- Include Vaginal Birth after Cesarean Information in a Childbirth Class.
- Arrange a doula/nurse meeting to talk about the best way to work together to help mothers in labor and birth.
- Sponsor a monthly or quarterly “Mother’s Tea” and invite the community to learn about VBAC. Invite nurses, doulas, midwives and physicians with experience in VBAC.
- Stress the benefits of laboring for a VBAC.
- Create a slide set on VBAC options, include a resource list and links to websites such as VBAC.com and Childbirth Connection.org
- Contact TV News stations, ask them to do a story on Vaginal Birth after Cesarean, get the information to PBS (Public Broadcasting Service.)
As a doula, it is my job to keep up to date on the evidence for Vaginal Birth after Cesareans and share that knowledge and information with my clients. The “Client” section of my website has Educational Handouts for Parents and a Parent’s Guide for VBAC and Physiologic Birth. I also have a lending library of books on this topic and highly recommend “Cut, Stapled and Mended” by Roanna Rosewood. I also recommend watching the movie “Trail of Labor” which gives a voice to four California women planning births after Cesarean.
For more information on VBACs check out VBAC.com, there you will find evidence-based resources, educational materials and support for VBAC and cesarean prevention.