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Induction, C-Section, & VBAC Facts


Artificial induction and surgical birth (c-section) can be necessary and life-saving interventions. We encourage every woman to understand the risks, benefits, and alternatives to these procedures so that they can make fully informed decisions.

Get the facts about Artificial Induction or Acceleration of Labor

Learn How to “Prevent the Preventable” C-Section

Get a snapshot of online surgical birth (c-section) rate reporting in the U.S. as of January 2012.

 

Learn about Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC)

 

Is VBAC an option?

The best compilation of VBAC/ERCS research to date
“There are real risks and benefits to VBAC and repeat cesarean and once women have access to good data, they can individually choose which set of risks and benefits they want…”

New Guidelines from the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)
“Attempting a VBAC is a safe and appropriate choice for most women who have had a prior cesarean delivery including for some women who have had two previous cesareans.”

 

Why are VBACs banned in some places?

Interview with Dr. Fischbein: An Inside Look at Hospitals and VBAC Bans
“[Hospitals] ban VBACs under the guise of patient safety. But patient safety is a euphemism for “’we don’t have a good evidence-based reason to do it, other than we don’t want to get sued, it’s more expedient, and we make more money from c-sections…’”

 

What are my rights to VBAC?

This series of articles includes “VBAC bans, exercising your rights, and when to contact an attorney” and “Options for mom who will be ‘forced’ to have a repeat cesarean”

 

Planning a VBAC

I’m pregnant and want a VBAC, what do I do?
“Know that if you want a VBAC, this is not something that is just going to fall into your lap. Especially if you want a hospital birth, you need to become informed, empowered, and ready for (a likely) battle.. … Here are your marching orders!”

Bonus Topic

VBAC Birth Myths
“Beware of people peddling false info or trying to persuade you. Remember, this is your body, baby, and birth. If a statistic sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”

VBAC Facts

The International Cesarean Network (ICAN) is an informational resource and support network for women who have had cesareans (medically necessary or not).  ICAN also provides information and support for VBAC.



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