Vaginal Birth After Cesarean

Wednesday Wrap Up June 11

Weekly Web Links for the Childbearing YearNice list of questions to determine if you might be overlooking some red flags in your relationship with your care provider. Truly choosing the best fit of a care provider is the most valuable thing you can do to get your best birth experience.

And if you need them for inspiration, stories from women who changed care providers during their pregnancy.

So many great suggestions for childbirth educators and doulas working with women who are survivors of childhood abuse.

Beautiful photos of a cesarean birth with a clear drape so mom can see the birth and skin to skin in the operating room, by Boca Raton photographer Emily Robinson

Loved this list! Nine Tips to Help Midwives and Doulas Work Together – I would love to see more collaboration and less territorialism between midwives and doulas. I’ve had the experience of working really, really well with midwives, and I think the collaboration serves moms well. But I’ve also seen instances where competition and protecting your territory has resulted in a less than great experience for moms. Neither doulas nor midwives alone can be all things to a laboring mom.

I’ve linked to this story before, but here is another article on the current lawsuit over forcing a mom to have a cesarean against her will. Scary, scary stuff. The hospital’s department head actually charted this:

“The woman has decisional capacity. I have decided to override her refusal to have a C-section. Her physician, Dr. Gorelik, and hospital attorney, Mr. Fried, are in agreement.”

– essentially documenting “mom is capable of making her own decisions, but we don’t care and are going to do what we want anyway.” This is simply inhumane.

Today’s video is about midwives, the role of midwives, and the variety of women who become midwives.

Wednesday Wrap Up 4/16

WednesdayWrapUpBMLMy youngest, my baby, turns 12 today. TWELVE! Hard to believe she’s grown into such a lovely young lady! That’s her over in the Wednesday Wrap Up logo for today, a photo I took of her during the dress rehearsal for a play she was in recently.

April is Cesarean Awareness Month, and many great articles on various aspects of it are popping up around the internet:

We’ll start off with a cesarean infographic from Lamaze about the scope of the problem.

And a study looking at what might be the optimal cesarean rate for best maternal-infant health.

One of the reasons the cesarean rate is so high is that women are not getting the option of choosing how they would like to birth after having a previous cesarean. Improving Birth wrote this week about The Insanity of Mandatory Surgery

Since it is so vitally important to avoid the first cesarean, here are some ways to reduce your chances of a cesarean:
Don’t go to the hospital too early
Choose your Doctor Wisely
Hire a good doula

And of course if you have given birth by cesarean before, VBAC is possible!
Consider VBAC if you’ve had a cesarean before

And now that you know so much, pop over to Science and Sensibility to take a quick quiz on the topic and see how much you know about the cesarean epidemic!

Finally, I don’t want to leave the impression that cesareans are horrible. So today’s video is proof that a cesarean birth can still be a beautiful experience. Courtesy of Brooke Walsh of Peace-Love-Babies in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul:

the birth of Mack | peace-love-babies.com from Brooke Walsh on Vimeo.

Cesarean Infographic

Understanding Cesareans

Came across this fantastic infographic from Lamaze International. I really feel that it is imperative for all women to really understand the cesarean epidemic. Cesareans have benefits, no doubt, but they also carry some serious risks and should not be used lightly, or only for “legal reasons” to minimize the provider’s risk!!

Cesarean Infographic