As cesarean rates continue to rise in hospitals around the country, the number of women seeking a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) is also rising. Hospitals in San Diego County have cesarean rates between 30-50%, much higher than the “ideal rate for cesarean sections…between 10-15%” as stated by the World Health Organization (WHO).
As birthing women and midwives, we appreciate the availability of cesarean birth. When cesarean birth is needed, it can be life-saving for women and babies. However, the current rate of cesarean birth is alarming and we do not support medical institutions overuse of a major surgery that can have lifelong implications on the health and well-being of the motherbaby. I support women desiring a VBAC and statistics show that in my practice we consistently have even lower cesarean rates than the WHO ideal.
I want to work with you to make the healthiest choices for you and your baby. There are unique considerations for women planning a VBAC, based on their previous birth experience(s). I will educate you and work with you to optimize prenatal health, always individualizing my care based on your history and current hopes for the upcoming birth.
In midwifery care it is understood that there is a wide variation of normal. I know less is more, without compromising safe and thorough clinical care. As a midwife, I desire to deeply know our clients, and this relationship based on trust, communication, and time spent together is very beneficial to supporting clients in labor, and especially women desiring a VBAC. I want women and their families to feel safe, heard, and supported. That can completely shift your birth experience, no matter where or how your child comes into the world.
I enthusiastically believe in birthing and the amazing diversity of each experience.
Helpful VBAC Resources
VBAC: Vaginal Birth After Cesarean via American Pregnancy
VBAC.com: a woman-centered, evidence-based, resource
VBAC Facts: don’t freak, know the facts