The vbac Decision
A VBAC is a "vaginal birth after cesarean." For years the common belief was that mothers who gave birth by cesarean section would never be able to have a vaginal delivery for future births. "Once a cesarean, always a cesarean" was the typical rule among obstetricians. However, in 2010 the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynocologists published updated guidelines stating that VBAC is indeed a safe method of childbirth - most often safer than a repeat cesarean. Now, more and more women who have previously had a cesarean birth are choosing to explore their options for future pregnancies.
There is an amazing amount of information online about VBAC births; facts and opinions galore. Moms who are seeking to make an informed decision about their care can be overwhelmed as they wade through it all. The VBAC Decision class is here for you - whether we are a starting point for your research or the culmination of your fact-finding mission, this evidence-based class will ensure you have all the information you need to make the best choice for you and your baby.
In this class you will learn...
- The benefits and risks of a VBAC, as well as the benefits and risks of a repeat cesarean section,
- What current scientific data says about the risks of rupture and placenta abnormalities,
- ACOG's guidelines about who is an eligible candidate for a VBAC birth,
- How to increase your chances for a successful VBAC,
- The impact a birth has on a baby's gut flora and how to encourage a positive microbe transfer in a cesarean birth
- How to talk with your care provider about a VBAC, and how to determine if they are VBAC-supportive or merely VBAC-tolerant,
- How to plan for your VBAC birth in a hospital or in your own home,
- What your options are for a repeat cesarean section and how to find empowerment in that choice,
- And more!
You will leave this class feeling confident and ready to make educated decisions about your birth, decisions that are right for YOU and your family. The informational packet you'll receive covers the main points from the class and includes even more resources for further research and discussion with your partner and your care provider.
Partners are encouraged to attend this class, but we ask that childcare is arranged for all children so that we can ensure a distraction free learning environment. The cost is $20 per person (though partners attend for free) and prepayment is required to reserve your seat and materials. An invoice will be sent to you within a week of our receipt of your online registration.