A midwife and "Birthing From Within" mentor, I am passionate about informed decision making and helping moms and partners birth in awareness. My blog chronicles my journey from cesarean to vaginal birth after cesarean and my quest for information to help families have EMPOWERING births.
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE finding emails like this in my inbox! So good to know there is another empowered mom out there, another VBAC around the corner. You will be happy to know the below mom already has a meeting scheduled with a super VBAC friendly OB!
Hello! I took your yoga class in 2007, and had my first son summer 2007. I had a c-section because of a late term sonogram (i think I had them too often because of a fibroid) showed him to be 11lbs (riiiight), he came out at 9lbs 4 oz (big, but not 11lbs). Imagine my jealousy (is it alright to say that?) when my sis in law delivered, vaginally, a 9lb 6 oz baby about 2 months after my c section for a "big baby" that was smaller than her "big baby."
Anyway, I was uninformed and now am armed with correct info about big babies and vaginal birth. All that said, I am interested in switching obs to a more VBAC friendly practice, I just found out I am pregnant, have not even told family.
So my question for you is, what is the protocol for switching docs? Do I go to my old doc and say thanks but no thanks, or go to the new doc and have them get my records?
About a week and a half ago I was informed that my birth story submission was being considered for publication. I was asked to return a questionnaire by today and did so by the skin of my teeth (sadly it was not at all up to the quality I would have preferred). How does one find the time to write with a house guest and three little ones, one of which is teething and pulling up and thus awake every two hours at night? Whether or not my stories will make the final cut remains to be seen but the process encouraged me to finally scan in the last two pictures from Fen's birth (digital cameras do make things easier!). I would like to share one of those pictures with you. This was my first taste of ecstatic birth, my first VBAC. Before this birth I had read Ina May's Guide to Childbirth but was yet oblivious to the empowering, life-changing, awesome power of birth. This is what I wish for all women at some point in their childbearing years.
I found the below email on a local list. It was written by our tireless ICAN Baltimore leader. We have a long way to go...
I recently re-surveyed all of Maryland's birthing hospitals to check on our state's VBAC ban situation and was distressed to learn that a ban went into place in Cecil County two years ago, that Garrett County now says they have had a ban in place since 2004 but which they had not informed me of during previous survey calls, and that Washington County's hospital is telling women that they don't have a VBAC ban in place but if you show up during labor and the operating room is already occupied then you will not be allowed to have your VBAC. Yes I know it is a strange policy considering the question of what they will then do with the laboring woman - stop her labor?
In addition, most of you are aware that that the hospital in Easton Maryland has had a ban in place since 2003.
I used to be able to brag that due to our activism in Maryland (shutting down both Frederick's VBAC ban in 2006 as well as reversing Washington County's 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. VBAC policy in 2007) we have never had more than two active bans at anyone time. I am very concerned about these new developments and feel we need to stop these bans in their tracks lest we have a spread of bans across the state similar to what has happened in many other areas of the country.
For a comparision, ICAN volunteers across the country recently re-surveyed the rest of the US and there are some states that when you add together official bans along with "defacto bans" (no official policy but no doctor will do them) you reach ban numbers as high as 70%.
So please help me by posting on any email lists you are on in our state to help find women in Garrett, Cecil, and Washington Counties as well as Easton who have been affected by these bans in the past, are currently affected, or will be affected by them in the future. It is simply not possible to raise a rukus without even a small group of women in each area who are affected and willing to speak out and take a few actions against the ban. You are welcome to post my ICAN email address right into the emails for them to contact me directly ICANofBaltimore@comcast.net