Thursday, December 31, 2009

VBAC Resources

This resource list was created by Kristen O. and it has been invaluable for many of us researching VBAC. Check out Kristen's blog- she's an amazing writer, and an amazing woman

(disclaimer: always seek medical advice from your provider- not the internet!! This list is extensive but may not include all of the latest information available. I would love to test all the links and add updated information, but life is busy- if links are broken, my apologies!! Any inaccuracies are entirely my fault)

Health care providers and birthplaces
Finding a supportive health care provider

Hospitals with VBAC bans

Questions to ask your health care provider

Your right to refuse a repeat cesarean after-cesarean-vbac-primer

Preparing for your VBAC
Avoiding tearing

Benefits of a VBAC delivery

Breech presentation

Confronting your fears

Deciding between a VBAC and a repeat cesarean

Elapsed time between pregnancies

Epidurals and spinal analgesia

Exercise in pregnancy

Finding a local ICAN chapter

Homebirth after cesarean


Managing your labor

Optimal positioning for your baby

Previous CPD “diagnosis”

Reducing the risk of a repeat cesarean

Routine hospital practices

Urinary and bowel incontinence

Vaginal birth after multiple cesarean (VBA2C, VBA3C, VBAmC)

VBAC success rates and contributing factors

Working with a doula

Repeat cesarean
Benefits of a repeat cesarean

Cesarean recovery

Complications for breastfeeding

Complications for future pregnancies

Complications for future surgical procedures

Complications for the mother’s emotional well-being

General risks and complications

Improving breastfeeding success after a cesarean

Planned cesarean vs. unplanned cesarean

Planning a repeat cesarean

Risks for babies

Risk of infection

Risk of bowel obstruction

Risk of hemorrhage

Risk of placenta previa and accreta and placental abruption

Situations requiring repeat cesarean

Uterine rupture

Augmentation of labor with pitocin

Elapsed time between deliveries

External cephalic version

Fetal macrosomia

Induction of labor with pitocin

Induction of labor with prostaglandins

Manual exploration of the uterus

Maternal age

Possible complications

Post-date delivery

Post-rupture risks and consequences for the fetus and the mother

Putting the risk into perspective

Rate of occurrence

Risk after previous vaginal deliveries

Risk after successful VBAC(s)

Risk factors

Scar thickness

Signs and symptoms

Single-layer closure vs. double-layer closure

Spontaneous labor vs. induced labor

Types of cesarean incisions

Twin pregnancy



General articles, books, information, and stories
Birthing from Within by Pam England and Rob Horowitz (Partera Press, 1998)
Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin (Bantam, 2003)
Silent Knife: Cesarean Prevention and Vaginal Birth After Cesarean by Nancy Wainer Cohen and Lois J. Estner (Bergin & Garvey Trade, 1983).
The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth by Henci Goer (New York: The Berkeley Publishing Group, 1999)
The VBAC Companion by Diana Korte (Cambridge: Harvard Common Press, 1997) (Achievements in Public Health, 1900-1999: Healthier Mothers and Babies) (International Cesarean Awareness Network),,j9gw,00.html (Henci Goer on the 2002 JAMA study) (The circumference of the head
\ of newborn infants first measured in 1785) (Finding research and articles on your own) (Critique of VBAC terminology) (VBAC information and support) (Births: final data for 2005) (Summary of VBAC studies, 2005- 2009)

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