By Jane Palmer
Are you planning a vaginal birth after having a caesarean birth? If so, this is the section for you. I have pulled together information from our website and from the web to help inform and encourage you.
Emotions for women who achieve a VBAC are many. Indeed, most women feel a victory and a relief. Many women also feel a deep, profound sense of healing.
The World Health Organisation says no country should have a cesarean rate above 10-15%. However, in Australia we currently have caesarean birth rates in excess of 30% . This is totally unacceptable. It means that women are being subjected to unnecessary surgery.
Researching VBAC enables you to find out the real risks of vaginal birth and elective caesarean. Therefore, you can make an informed decision for you and your baby. Please browse the articles, stories, videos and links I’ve put together.
For further information on VBAC see:
- Birthrites: Healing After Caesarean Inc. This site aims of provide a support network for women who have had a previous caesarean section and to increase awareness of womens’ needs. There is lots of information on Vaginal Birth After Caesarean (VBAC) and offers contacts for women seeking a VBAC.
- CANA The Caesarean Awareness Network Australia (CANA) is the vision of three Australian mothers who saw a need to provide a public voice on behalf of women who have had caesareans, women who are considering having a baby by caesarean and women planning to have a vaginal birth after caesarean (VBAC).
- VBAC.com This site aims to provide access to information from a variety of sources: scientific studies, professional guidelines, government reports, successful and safe established VBAC programs, and the midwifery model of care. Their goal is to help women make informed decisions about how they will give birth.
- International Caesarean Awareness Network
This is a collection of fact sheets and information put out by the International Caesarean Awareness Network (ICAN) and other sources. Information includes how to prevent an unnecessary caesarean, vaginal birth after caesarean (VBAC), how to find resources in your community, information about ICAN, and how to become a part of ICAN.
- Caesarean Birth and VBAC Information offers research-based information and support on all aspects of caesareans and vaginal birth following caesarean section.