At Connected Journey Doula and Counselling Service, I support a woman's choice to have a vaginal birth after caesarean (VBAC) in a hospital or homebirth environment. Data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (Australia's Mothers and Babies 2011) shows 32.3% of women have a caesarean section in Australia, while only 15.9% of women have a vaginal birth if they have had a previous caesarean section. Many women who would like a VBAC are confronted with resistance from some care providers and feel their choice to have a VBAC is not supported. Gaining access to accurate evidence-based information about VBAC and caesarean is important for every woman to make informed choices and choosing care providers who support a woman's decision and trust her body to birth vaginally is of paramount importance.
VBAC - On Whose Terms? (article from bellybelly.com.au) The highly respected Guide To Effective Care In Pregnancy and Childbirth states: "The care of a woman in labour after a previous lower-segment caesarean section should be little different from that of any woman in labour".....read more