So today let's go over both, starting with the main one: the Cesarean Section. After all, if there was no CSection, there wouldn't be VBACs.
To learn more about Cesarean Sections and their rates, risks, and benefits please read the following links:
• "Is cesarean birth really better for babies?" from Birth Sense Blog
• "Are C-sections safer for babies? Part 2" from Birth Sense Blog
• "What Every Pregnant Woman Needs to Know About Cesarean Section" From ChildbirthConnection.org
• "Eugene Declercq : The truth about c-sections" - YouTube video
• "Why cesareans are a big deal to you, your wife, and your daughter" From VBACFacts.com, by Jen Kamel
• "10 Best Ways to Avoid a Cesarean Section" From HealthNews.com
• "Risks of a Cesarean Procedure" From the American Pregnancy Association
• Top Ten Signs Your Doctor Is Planning To Perform an Unnecessary Cesarean Section on You
Here are some amazing articles, studies, and links on their options, risks, benefits, and even one that helps you go over and "try on" your options:
• Infographic showing risks of Cesareans versus VBACs (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean) taken from ICAN's "after a cesarean" brochure
• "13 Myths About VBAC" by vbacfacts.com
• "I’m pregnant and want a VBAC, what do I do?" By vbacfacts.com
• ACOG’s 2010 Guidelines Comparison (PDF)
• Press Release: Ob-Gyns Issue Less Restrictive VBAC Guidelines (ACOG, July 2010)
• Does your hospital have a VBAC ban? ICAN(International Cesarean Awareness Network)’s VBAC Policy Database
• "VBAC or Repeat C-Section" by Childbirth Connection
• "What Every Midwife Should Know About ACOG and VBAC" by Midwifery Today
• "History of VBAC in the United States"
• "VBAC vs. Repeat Cesarean: "Try on" both choices" by theunnecesarean.com
• "Vaginal birth after cesarean delivery: a common-sense approach."
• Vaginal Birth After Cesarean Delivery: Deciding on a Trial of Labor
• Trial of Labor After a Cesarean (TOLAC)
"State Cesarean Rates: 2012 Preliminary Data" by cesareanrates.com
And don't forget to get truly informed, and even consult your medical provider. If you're truly wanting a VBAC then I highly recommend the following:
• locate and join your local ICAN chapter
• ask your medical provider questions to see if they're truly supportive of a VBAC
more on finding out if your OB/CNM/Midwife is truly supportive or not:
• VBAC Sabotage – Is Your Doctor REALLY That VBAC Friendly?
• Is Your Doctor REALLY Supportive of VBAC?