Thursday, July 22, 2010

ACOG (kind of) Reverses Anti-VBAC stance.

From the Chicago Sun Times:
Attempting a vaginal birth after a C-section is safe for most women, including women who have had two cesarean deliveries and women carrying twins, according to new guidelines issued Wednesday.
The guidelines, which update previous recommendations from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, widen the pool of women for whom natural delivery should be considered "safe and appropriate" after a Caesarean.
Ninety percent of pregnant women who have had a C-section opt for repeat surgery, while vaginal birth after C-section -- known as VBAC -- accounts for just 9 percent of deliveries.
"Moving forward, we need to work collaboratively with our patients, our colleagues, hospitals and insurers to swing the pendulum back to fewer Caesareans and a more reasonable VBAC rate," said Dr. Richard N. Waldman, president of the gynecology group.

While some will still be untrusting, it is my hope (call me over-trusting) that these new guidelines will be the catalyst for hundreds of hospitals (Including Community Hospital) to reverse a ban on Vaginal Birth After Cesarean. Let's hope so.....
If not- I'll be there, ladies of Community... in three years.. and I'll be there as a doula as early as Thanksgiving.

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