Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC)
Books on VBAC - scroll down to the bottom of the page
www.ican-online.org - International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN). ICAN works to lower the rate of unnecessary cesareans, supports vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC), and encourages positive birthing through education and advocacy. ~ For mothers who have survived a past cesarean as well as for women planning to avoid a future one. A very inspiring oganization of empowered women! Old Site - ICAN-online.net
http://ican-online.org/community/users/ican-blog/blog - ICAN blog
http://www.ican-online.org/community/videos - ICAN Community Videos
http://ican-online.org/ican-white-papers - White Papers
http://ican-online.net/resources/ - Index of Resources
http://ican-online.net/resources/white_papers/ - all White Papers on this page are in PDF format.
http://ican-online.net/resources/white_papers/wp_breech.pdf - Breech
http://ican-online.net/resources/white_papers/wp_herpes.pdf - Herpes
Information about VBAC, preventing cesareans, how to join the national ICAN email support list, etc.
http://www.ican-online.org/forum/index.php - ICAN forum
http://ican-online.org/chapter/search - find a local ICAN chapter
ICAN Chapter Websites - USA & International
http://www.ican-online.org/community/ican-professional-subscribers - find an ICAN Professional Subscriber
http://ican-online.org/help - ICAN Technical Support Center
The International Cesarean Awareness Network is putting out a free email newsletter. To subscribe go to: http://ican-online.net/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=174
This is an excellent consumer group for spreading the word about reducing the cesarean rate and helping women to have VBACs (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean).
Sister Chapters - Websites
http://icanoflakecounty.webs.com - ICAN of Lake County, IL
www.freewebs.com/icanofkenosha - ICAN of Kenosha, WI
www.icanoflouisville.com - ICAN of Louisville, KY
stlouis.ican-online.org - ICAN of St. Louis
http://www.icanofannarbormi.org/ - ICAN of Ann Arbor, Michigan
http://www.icanofgreatercleveland.org/ - ICAN of Greater Cleveland
If you're looking for a chapter in your area (or near someone you know) and don't see one listed here, please go to ICAN International’s site and search for a chapter there: http://ican-online.org/chapter/search
http://birthlove.cyclzone.com/pages/csec_vbac_stories.html - Cesarean & VBAC Index - on BirthLove.com
www.gentlebirth.org/archives/icanvbac.html - ICAN / VBAC / Cesareans
VBAC information from the Midwife Archives
http://www.gentlebirth.org/archives/icanvbac.html#Havens - VBAC Havens
http://www.vbaccommunity.com/ - The VBAC Community
An online community dedicated to informing women about vaginal births after cesarean section (VBAC) and supporting moms who decide to try for one.
http://vbaccommunity.wordpress.com/ - blog
www.vbac.com - great site!
www.vbac.com/chapter38.html - chapter excerpt on VBAC vs. Cesarean pros and cons from the book, A Guide to Effective Care in Pregnancy and Childbirth, by Enkin et al. Evidence-based review of VBAC safety, although book went to press before the most recent studies about VBAC safety came out and so does not address that information
www.vbac.com/dystocia.html - Dystocia and VBAC, a discussion of previous cesareans for 'failure to progress' (FTP) or 'cephalo-pelvic disproportion' (CPD) or 'big baby/small pelvis'.
www.vbac.com/vbacguidelines.html - Summary of VBAC guidelines from various professional organizations around the world (USA, Canada, UK, AAFP, etc.)
www.BringBackVBAC.org - This site includes many documents and studies that you can view and print including EMTALA, ACOG 2004 Guidelines, Federal Patients Bill of Rights, The Rights of Child Bearing Women, recent letters to ACOG and much more. This is a good comprehensive resource that saves women time as they research their VBAC options.
http://www.plus-size-pregnancy.org/CSANDVBAC/csvbacindex.html - c-section & VBAC FAQs Index.
lots of VBAC Info
http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=159627 - gobs of VBAC links on mothering.com – check them out!
http://vbac.angelahoy.com/ - The VBAC Blog
http://highwire.stanford.edu/cgi/medline/pmid;18507579 - a nice randomized study to prove that doulas have a postive effect on preventing c-sections and reducing reliance on epidurals.
www.nlm.nih.gov/hmd/pdf/cesarean.pdf - History of Cesarean Section
http://126.96.36.199/search?q=cache:2CQgDwdkNcMJ:www.nlm.nih.gov/hmd/pdf/cesarean.pdf+www.nlm.nih.gov/hmd/pdf/cesarean.pdf&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=1&gl=us&ie=UTF-8 - History of Cesarean Section - HTML version
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/cesarean/cesarean_1.html - We can't find the page you requested.
The Pink Kit Method for Birthing Better - learning childbirth skills
The Pink Kit for Positive Birth - Blog
Online Support Groups
http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/CBACsupport/ - CBACsupport – Yahoo group
VBAC after Multiple Cesareans
VBAC After 2 or More C-Sections -
www.plus-size-pregnancy.org - info on plus-size pregnancy; also has info on cesareans and VBACs. Special section on VBAMC (VBAC after Multiple Cesareans) with a summary of VBAMC research studies and lots of VBAMC stories
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=vUBriTYAgSo - An HBA4C: A Mother’s Story of VBAC at Home After 4 Caesarean Sections 9:51
www.mother-care.ca/breanna.htm - home VBAC after 3 cesareans.
www.caesareanbirth.com - vaginal birth after multiple cesareans
www.homebirth.org.uk/vba2c.htm - a page about VBAC after two or more caesareans
www.vba4c.blogspot.com - Ruth’s vbac after 4 Cesareans
BJOG published an article on a vaginal birth after three caesareans: Sharma S, Thorpe-Beeston JG. Trial of vaginal delivery following three previous caesarean sections. BJOG. 2002 Mar;109(3):350-1
Used to be available online.
VBAC vs. Repeat Cesareans
http://www.freewebs.com/icanofrichmond/vbac.htm - EXCELLENT comparison of & stats on VBAC vs. Repeat C-section.
http://www.LyndonTaylorObGyn.yourMD.com - Lyndon D. Taylor MD – Oak Park, IL
http://www.chicagovbac.com/ - Dr. Taylor promotes himself as a VBAC doctor. http://www.cesareansectionondemand.com/ - he also offers “C-sections On Demand”
http://www.idph.state.il.us/about/hfpb/pdf/2007%20Hospital%20Profile1.pdf – Illinois C-section Rates – by hospital
http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1880665-1,00.html – The Trouble With Repeat Cesareans
http://www.consumerreports.org/health/medical-conditions-treatments/pregnancy-childbirth/maternity-care/overview/maternity-care.htm - Back to Basics for Safer Childbirth
http://www.moondragon.org/articles/babyslashed.html - Cesarean Delivery: Baby Slashed in Mother’s Womb – January 10, 2003
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/2645331.stm - Baby ‘slashed in mother’s womb’ – January 10, 2003
C-Sec Video - this is a one-hour video of a c-section
Cesarean Childbirth from Hartford Hospital
http://www.or-live.com/transcripts/hah_1352_213.pdf - transcript of a c-section at Hartford Hospital on Sept. 23, 2005 55:29
http://www.aurorahealthcare.org/yourhealth/healthgate/getcontent.asp?URLhealthgate=45992.html - animation of a cesarean section
C-Sections, Breastfeeding and Bugs For Your Baby: What the doctor probably won't tell you
The Assault on Normal Birth: The OB Disinformation Campaign - an article by Henci Goer analyzing high rate of C-sections - 2002
http://www.marsdenwagner.com/fish.html - Fish Can’t See Water: The Need To Humanize Birth – by Marsden Wagner MD, MSPH - International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics, 75, supplement s25-37, 2001
http://www.marsdenwagner.com/fishall.html - printer friendly version of the entire article
About 1/3 of the way down, he talks about how unnecessary c-sections de-humanize women.
http://www.childbirth.org/section/section.html - Cesarean Section Homepage: Numerous links on how to avoid c-sections, risks of c-sections, breech birth and vaginal birth after c-section information and a list of books on birth and VBAC preparation.
http://www.childbirth.org/section/VBACindex.html - General VBAC info, a bit old
www.birthrites.org - Birthrites: Healing after Cesarean aims to provide a support network for women who've had a previous cesarean birth, and to increase the awareness of these women's needs to their health-care providers within the medical profession.
www.birthrites.org - Healing After a Cesarean, Inc.
Australian website for support for women with a previous cesarean, plus information about future birth choices/rights.
www.motherfriendly.org/resources - CIMS website; scroll down to the fact sheet on c-section [PDF/English], [DOC/English]
www.BirthTruth.org - Birth Matters
http://www.birthingthefuture.com/btf_index.html - great stuff here! Lots of topics are listed on the About Birth page - click on Birth: Myth & Fact
http://www.childbirthconnection.org/article.asp?ClickedLink=279&ck=10164&area=27 - Revised Edition: What Every Pregnant Woman Needs To Know About Cesarean Section (2006)
You need to be logged in to Childbirth Connection.org to access these PDFs:
http://www.childbirthconnection.org/pdf.asp?PDFDownload=cesareanbooklet - What Every Pregnant Woman Needs to Know about Cesarean Section
http://www.childbirthconnection.org/pdf.asp?PDFDownload=vaginalorcesareanbirth - Vaginal Or Cesarean Birth: A Systematic Review to Determine What Is At Stake For Mothers & Babies
http://www.childbirthconnection.org/pdf.asp?PDFDownload=cesareanbookletsummary - Vaginal Birth and Cesarean Birth: How Do The Risks Compare?
Another link to this document:
http://www.freewebs.com/icanofrichmond/cesareanbookletsummary.pdf - Vaginal Birth and Cesarean Birth: How Do The Risks Compare?
C-sec Booklet Flyer
C-sections & Loss of Health Insurance
ican-online.org/news/ican-online - Insurance Companies Rejecting Women with History of Cesarean
Some Companies Require Surgical Sterilization for Coverage;
Trend Gives New Imperative to Learn Ways to Avoid Unnecessary Cesarean
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/01/health/01insure.html - After Caesareans, Some See Higher Insurance Cost
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/01/health/01insure.html?_r=1&partner=rssuserland&emc=rss&pagewanted=all&oref=slogin - After Caesareans, Some See Higher Insurance Cost
Loss of Insurance – Another Price To Pay After C-section?
Insult to Injury: C-section Moms Denied Insurance
Got sliced? No Insurance Coverage For You
http://www.emaxhealth.com/4/22838.html - Insurance Companies Rejecting Women With History Of Cesarean
Copy of another site
Longer version of the site listed above
Check out the links
http://www.denverpost.com/ci_9440838 - Insurers Run From Moms Who’ve Had Cesareans – by Denise Grady
http://ican-online.org/community/users/icanvp/blog/one-more-reason-avoid-a-cesarean - One More Reason To Avoid A Cesarean
Complications of C-sections
www.ashermans.org - Asherman's Syndrome is an acquired uterine disease, characterized by the formation of adhesions (scar tissue) in the uterus.
The Centers for Disease Control National released the Vital Statistics Report "Births: Preliminary Data for 2006". You can find the report at: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr56/nvsr56_07.pdf
Read ICAN International's response, which includes references to studies regarding maternal mortality increases over the same time as the cesarean rate has been increasing, at:
Lamaze International has posted a news alert with their take on the reported 2006 data "Women Can Improve Childbirth Outcomes By Seeking Care Providers with Low Cesarean Section Rates" which you can read at:
Citizens for Midwifery's fact sheet "Out of Hospital Midwifery Care: Much Lower Rates of Cesarean for Low Risk-Women" is very relevant - find it at: http://www.cfmidwifery.org/pdf/cesarean2x.pdf . It is important to note that the rate for all "low-risk" women is
lower than the percentage for "all women."
The Final 2005 Data has also been released. Find it at:http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr56/nvsr56_06.pdf
Reports of final data generally do not have significantly different numbers than the preliminary data, but the report and analysis is much more extensive.
http://www.childbirthconnection.org/article.asp?ck=10169 - Cesarean Section Resources – LOTS of stuff listed here!
http://www.eheart.com/cesarean/index.html - Cesarean Voices - a website by, for and about cesarean born people
http://www.aafp.org/afp/20020901/823.html - article - Uterine Rupture: What Family Physicians Need to Know
http://www.springerlink.com/content/rh33g057528688h5/ - journal abstract - Rupture of the pregnant uterus: a 9-year review
www.TABS.org.nz - Trauma & Birth Stress (TABS) - based in New Zealand. LOTS of critical information on healing after a traumatic birth & dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
http://www.angelfire.com/moon2/jkluchar1995/ - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder After Childbirth
http://www.angelfire.com/moon2/jkluchar1995/links.html - check out all these links!
www.solaceformothers.org - This is an online message board for women who have experienced birth trauma any kind.
http://www.joyousbirth.info/article-index.html#birthtrauma – LOTS of articles on birth trauma.
Banned VBAC? - What To Do
http://www.ican-online.org/resources/white_papers/wp_vbacbanqa.pdf - dead link
BirthPolicy.org - regulatory status of Direct Entry Midwifery – forwards to “The Big Push For Midwives”
http://ican-online.org/vbac/your-right-refuse-what-do-if-your-hospital-has-banned-vbac-q - What To Do If Your Hospital Had Banned VBAC – Q & A
http://hencigoer.com/articles/vbac/ - Rebuttal to Rationales for Denial of VBAC
http://www.nnepqin.org/nneob/servlet/ViewPage?id=6 - Northern New England Perinatal Quality Improvement Network – VBAC Guidelines and Summaries
www.spinningbabies.com - info on fetal malpositions and correcting them
www.gentlebirth.org - Midwife Archives; discussion over pertinent birthing issues, with lots of valuable information and links to explore. Highly recommended resource. Great place to read about a variety of opinions about various childbirth procedures or issues.
Some links to info on VBAC Bans and the Time article:
www.wellroundedmama.blogspot.com – Kmom – an intersection for discussions on pregnancy, birth & parenting. Fat-acceptance and Health At Every Size (HAES) concerns.
http://thefeministbreeder.typepad.com/the_feminist_breeder/2008/05/jules-michael-birth-story.html - a mom fights her doctor & the hospital staff tooth & nail for her VBAC. She talks about how the epidural slowed down her labor.
Repeated VBACs are Safe; Repeated Cesareans Are Not
http://sixfaces.blogspot.com/2007/10/v2-ours-17-from-al-ameen-sasken.html - VBAC mom with 17 kids - Oct 18, 2007. She's pregnant with #18.
http://labortrials.wordpress.com - Excellent Blog!! Has lots of links!
http://labortrials.wordpress.com/2007/10/25/vbac-ban-in-houston-of-all-places/ - http://sixfaces.blogspot.com/2007/10/v2-ours-17-from-al-ameen-sasken.html - VBAC mom with 17 kids - Oct 18, 2007
http://labortrials.wordpress.com - Excellent Blog!! Has lots of links!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=roFVkDV45MM – “Question CPD” – This YouTube video shows baby after baby having been born vaginally and LARGER than their sibling who had been born via c/s. This video ROCKS! - Must See!
http://ican-online.org - ICANvoices has their newest video debuting on ICAN’s new website - it is on the home page. The song is "Stand in the Rain" by Superchick. - Not on this page anymore.
Scarred For Life: Cesareans Head To Danger Level – This is a great educational video on the increased risks attributed to repeat cesareans. It’s an excellent advocacy piece on WHY you should do everything in your power to avoid a first cesarean and WHY you should fight tooth & nail for a VBAC.
http://wonderfullymadebelliesandbabies.blogspot.com/2008/01/scarred-for-life.html - a video on c-sections from Australia
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrgy29xbtmE - …journey to VBAC……. Gorgeous song
http://tinyurl.com/56omx9 - This little video shows a woman working for a vaginal birth 3 times and failing. Finally, she stays at home and has a vaginal birth with her fourth child. It is an indictment of modern obstetrics. It is a call to action for doctors, nurses, midwives and doulas to wake up to the pain that is being caused to real people by the cesarean epidemic.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIFNemQfe3s - Empty - Unwanted Cesarean Photo Montage 3:41
A slideshow depicting the journey of several moms through the hopeful anticipation of pregnancy, the hard work of labor, and the hollow emptiness of an unwanted cesarean. All of the pregnancy and labor pictures were donated by mothers whose labors ended in cesarean; in fact the majority of the pictures you see during the labors are from VBAC attempts that ended in another cesarean. Music is "Empty" by the Cranberries
My Unnecesarean video - Michele
http://tinyurl.com/ysjffr - same as below
www.youtube.com/user/ICANvoices - video 3:47 - These women show their doctors CPD was a farce.
http://www.birthsource.com/scripts/prodView.asp?idproduct=114 - Cesarean Birth – the inside story – 20 minute video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dRF4RtdJdo - This is a YouTube compilation video of cesareans.
ICAN Conference 2007 - Krista likes playing with Uteri
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=roFVkDV45MM – CPD Buster video
5:17 Prevent Cesarean Surgery
Born in Brazil - Documentary - In private hospitals in Brazil the cesarean rate averages 70%, even though research shows the majority of women prefer natural birth. Doctors attribute the high cesarean rate to patient demand, when in fact cesareans are more convenient and lucrative for doctors. Touching and humorous accounts of childbirth from women and their doctors reveal the subtle pressures that stimulate the gross overuse of cesareans in Brazil.
In The News
Doctors Say ‘I’m Sorry’ Before ‘See You in Court’ – May 18, 2008
An electrode, at right in X-ray, was left inside Maria Del Rosario Valdez when her son was delivered by Caesarean section.
http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=668204 - Hospital, doctors, CNM, sued for medical assault - forced cesarean.
Understanding the Dangers of Cesarean Birth: Making Informed Decisions – by Nicette Jukelevics
http://sccsdecker.blogspot.com/ - Carol Decker - Following c/s, mother loses limbs & eyesight
http://sccsdecker.blogspot.com/2008/06/june-10th-2008.html - Labor Story - June 10, 2008
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www.idfpr.com – Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation
https://www.idfpr.com/applications/professionprofile/Default.aspx - Physician Profile Search
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