Resources for VBAC or Repeat C-Section
Childbirth Connection's Pregnancy Topic on VBAC or Repeat C-SectionWe provide in-depth coverage through our Pregnancy Topic to help inform you about vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) or repeat c-section:
Other Childbirth Connection Resources Relating to VBAC vs. Repeat C-Section
VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean) versus Repeat C-Section for Women Who Had a Cesarean in the Past
Vaginal Birth After Cesarean: New Insights - NIH Consensus Development Conference Final Report, prepared by independent panels of health professionals and public representatives on the basis of the results of a systematic literature review and the proceedings of a public meeting of scientists and stakeholders.
A Woman's Guide to VBAC: Navigating the NIH Consensus Recommendations, a consumer primer summarizing the NIH Consensus Development Conference and offering support for decision making about VBAC versus repeat cesarean section, available from Lamaze International.
International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve maternal-child health by preventing unnecessary cesareans, providing support for cesarean recovery, and promoting vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC); includes a page of ICAN White Papers.
VBAC.com, provides childbearing women and maternity care professionals access to research-based information, resources, continuing education and support for VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean).
Videos of Cesarean Surgery
Hartford Hospital: Birth by Cesarean Section
University of Michigan: Surgical Video, Cesarean Delivery
The VBAC Policy Database from the International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN) is compiled by volunteers who call all hospitals in the U.S. to ask about their VBAC policies and usual procedures. You should call hospitals in your community and nearby to confirm their policies. If they offer VBAC, find out if there are any limitations.
International Cesarean Awareness Network: ICAN Chapters, a local chapter can provide invaluable assistance to women seeking information about hospitals and caregivers who support vaginal birth after cesarean; chapters can also offer peer support and advocacy activities.
Local childbirth educators may point you to VBAC-friendly hospitals and caregivers (Childbirth Connection's labor pain resources page can help you find local childbirth educators).
Local doulas may point you to VBAC-friendly hospitals and caregivers (Childbirth Connection's labor support resources page can help you find local doulas).
Resources for the Cesarean Experience and C-Section Recovery
National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence: Cesarean Section, information for the public (click "NICE guidance written for patients and carers" link).
International Cesarean Awareness Network White Paper: Recovering from a Cesarean Birth: Tips on Healing, information on emotional and physical recovery from cesarean surgery.
CSectionRecovery.com: Practical Tips for Cesarean Recovery, includes online forums and pages on the following topics: general c-section resources, emotional recovery and postpartum, depression, postpartum doulas, breastfeeding, exercise, medical and statistical information.
Emotional Recovery From a Cesarean, in-depth discussion about many dimensions of this topic, including grief, bonding, breastfeeding, future pregnancies, and resources.
Resources for Help During C-Section Recovery While Caring for a Newborn
It would be wise to line up friends and family to provide help if you will be having surgery alongside the challenges of caring for a new baby and one or more older children. You may also want to consider arranging for services of a postpartum doula.
DONA International: Find a Postpartum Doula, online directory for support, advice and assistance with your recovery, your baby's needs, your relationships, and household tasks (see also DONA International's position paper: The Postpartum Doula's Role in Maternity Care).
DoulaMatch.net, online directory of postpartum doulas providing information about availability, training and certification, and customer feedback.
Resources for Peer Support for Thoughts and Feelings About Cesarean Birth
International Cesarean Awareness Network: ICAN Chapters, online directory for finding local chapters; also provides information for finding local contacts and starting a chapter.
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