A few months ago, I was contacted by a production company, The Kindling Group, about a documentary film they created about a doula working with pregnant teens in a disadvantaged neighborhood. Being a doula in training myself, and recognizing how important doulas are for all moms who want them, I was very excited to view [...]
Two years ago this month, my older son, M. was born. He came into the world via a necessary, though unanticipated, cesarean birth. His birth left my husband and I feeling fairly traumatized and uncertain if we would be willing to take a gamble on another birth experience. I initially felt like I would be [...]
New study shows no difference in neonatal mortality for vaginal delivery of early preterm vertex babies versus cesarean deliveries
A new study released in ACOG’S reports showed no increased neonatal mortality for vaginally delivered preterm infants who were in the vertex position at the time of delivery. Additionally, 84% of the 79% of women who attempted a vaginal delivery were successful.
The abstract as well as links to the full study are available here: http://www.ajog.org/article/S0002-9378(12)00636-9/abstract
My first cesarean was a result of lack of education completely. I put my full trust in my OB and never questioned a thing. It was an elective cesarean at the OB’s prompting as a result of the baby’s size. I remember her discussing concerns with me about the baby being too big, getting stuck, [...]
Please join us for a free online support Webinar, Friday, August 3, 2012 at 9 PM Eastern. These meetings are a great place to share your story, connect with other moms who understand and help others on their own journeys as well. To register, please click the following link: http://IntlCesarean.enterthemeeting.com/m/RSL9CJFA
Hope to see you there!
~The birth of Ava Sophia, A VBA3C~
You know that definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Yep, that one. I’ve gone over that saying so many times in my head. Am I crazy? Why do I even want this so badly? Am I willing to go through hours [...]
Antonette is the writer for the Homebirth and Midwifery column for Mother Earth News Online. She is currently expecting baby #3 at home any day. This is the story of her home birth VBAC of her second baby.
It has taken me a year and a half to write our birthing story. I couldn’t write [...]
The story of my VBAC would not be complete without first understanding the story of my first birth, which was vastly different than this one. So here it is:
The Birth of Olivia Susan:
I’ve been putting off writing this in it’s entirety for 31 months now for several reasons: one is that it is really [...]
ICAN is pleased to support “Trial of Labor,” a documentary about the journey of four women who are pregnant, had undergone C-sections and were determined to try and birth naturally. This is an important film that is aligned with ICAN’s mission and message.
Each of the mothers had individually sought the education they needed to tackle [...]
We are very pleased and excited to support our members’ participation in the “National Rally for Change,” a national movement to improve birth in America. At least 40 cities across the country are holding a “National Rally for Change” on Labor Day, September 3, 2012, to bring awareness to the alarmingly high rates of medically [...]