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Know the facts about vaginal birth after cesarean.

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    I have thought about AB 1306 for so many hours since I initially opposed it last Friday and I’m feeling really conflicted about it. Let me share with you why. Removing physician supervision will improve the ability of CNMs to practice autonomously including offering VBAC in the hospital setting (where hospital policy permits) and in birth centers (provided the CNM opts to offer VBAC). This could be a good thing for VBAC families and a great thing for all the other people CNMs serve. And so it’s really tough because it could negatively impact the small number of women who plan home VBACs by requiring them to have a VBAC consult with an OB. So, what is the right decision?

    The post Why I’m feeling conflicted about AB 1306: CNM Physician Supervision vs. Home VBAC Hurdle appeared first on VBAC Facts.

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    So what matters more: Our personal experience? Or the conclusions of medical evidence? I suspect that most of my readers would say, the evidence. Hands down. And that is what most people believe… until they experience a bad outcome. That’s when things become more complicated. That single event can override all their knowledge. Everything they believed to be true. Suddenly all those statistics from the research come flying off the page. They are no longer just a number. They are now associated with a face… a baby… a parent.

    The post Evidence or Experience: Which Matters More? appeared first on VBAC Facts.

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    Recently, I had a great extended conversation on racism in birth work at a VBAC Facts training for professionals in Covington, LA. And I wanted to share it with you. One doula shared that we simply needed to treat all clients the same regardless of race. What she was saying is that we should be colorblind. Now, I felt the good intentions in her heart. I knew what she was trying to say. Because there was a time that I believed the same thing. I was so glad she spoke up because it kicked off a tough conversation that needed to be had.

    The post How being a colorblind birth professional hurts your clients appeared first on VBAC Facts.

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