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Rise of unnecessary cesareans

MyHealthNewsDaily recently reported on the rising rate of cesareans, especially among first-time mothers.
“The most concerning problem is the high rate in first-time mothers,” said Dr. Jun Zhang, a medical researcher at the National Institutes of Health and co-author of a new report on cesarean delivery practices.
In his study, published in the American Journal of Obstetrics [...]

Mother-sized Activism at Work in Iowa

Have you contacted your local hospitals and OB providers yet to ask about their practices in light of ACOG’s new VBAC recommendations?
Stephanie Windgardner in Sioux City, Iowa has. She shares:
My [OB] office previously stated the ACOG guidelines as why I could not try for a VBAC with my next child. Since the guidelines changed, I [...]

Best of the Birth Blogs – Week Ending July 25th

Your weekly one-stop for highlights from the birth blogosphere. Visit weekly for the latest on childbirth, especially related to cesarean prevention, recovery, and VBAC. To nominate a blog post to be featured here, email me at
Of course, the birth blogs lit up this week with news of new VBAC guidelines. Birthing Beautiful Ideas posted [...]

Mother-Sized Activism: Bring Back VBAC

While ACOG’s new Practice Bulletin with VBAC guidelines is a step in the right direction, there is still a lot of work to be done to reverse the over decade long trend of rising cesarean rates and declining VBAC support.  Here are some things you can do to help facilitate change.

Contact facilities [...]

Dr. Friedman on “The peril of multiple c-sections”

Dr. Alex Friedman from the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania published an article in yesterday’s Philadelphia Inquirer detailing his own experience with the serious risks of multiple cesareans:
The worst surgical case of my residency came when we delivered my patient’s baby by cesarean – her ninth cesarean birth.
The baby came out fine, but for [...]

Newsweek: VBAC Access Makes Medical Sense

ICAN chapter leaders Allison Denenberg and Barbara Stratton, along with president Desirre Andrews, were featured in a Newsweek article yesterday on VBAC.  The article asks the question:  if the evidence for VBAC safety is so clear, why aren’t doctors supporting it?
VBAC advocates hope that health-care reform, with its emphasis on evidence-based medicine, might help turn [...]

Birth Center VBAC Ban in Florida

Laura Gilkey of Born in Sarasota sends word of pressing VBAC news in Forida:
On Wednesday, March 24th, the State of Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration will move to permanently ban Vaginal Birth after Cesarean (VBAC) in Florida birth centers. Currently, women who choose to give birth normally after surgery must do so in a [...]

VBAC Blog Carnival: Why is VBAC a Vital Option?

As the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Consensus Development Conference on Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC) gets underway this morning, we bring you our first-ever ICAN Blog Carnival. We have invited bloggers to submit entries on the topic, “Why is VBAC a Vital Option?” and they have answered. Thanks to all the bloggers featured below [...]

Rachael Ray’s Dr. Ian: VBAC Should be a Woman’s Choice

In case you missed it, talk show host Rachel Ray featured Joy Szabo’s fight for VBAC on her show yesterday. In a segment called “Going Too Far?” Medical Edition, Dr. Ian and Rachel discussed VBAC bans an the rights of women to choose whether or not they have a cesarean. See the video here:

VBAC Bans in Illinois

ICAN President Desirre Andrews was quoted today in the Chicago Tribune. The article discusses VBAC bans in Illinois and the overuse of repeat cesareans (ERCS).
Repeat C-sections have become so routine that 90 percent of pregnant women who have the surgery give birth that way again. That is a concern to health experts, who say vaginal [...]