On a personal note, I had a cesarean section with my first child. Two and a half years later I had a vaginal birth after cesarean, commonly shortened to VBAC. During that time I searched the Internet tirelessly looking for resources, stories, anything that would lead me to remain hopeful or perhaps increase my chances of success.
While there were a few solid resources, I wanted more! My hunger for information could not be satisfied. Now two years later, I was curious to see what was still out there and if there was anything new.
Here is my round up:
This website has become a wealth of knowledge. I haven’t even scratched the surface of her new resources. As far as I can tell, it all looks free. I look forward to reviewing her new The VBAC Education Project.
I was hoping this website would be a little easier to navigate after a few years, but while it has been updated, I am not in love with the format. There still seems to be a great deal of information on the website, just a little buried. Jen Kamel (the creator) has workshops around the country, and they look well worth cost/time.
ACOG has practice bulletins, which should guide obstetricians practicing in the United States. They are in support of VBAC, and their guidelines are far less restrictive than how most obstetricians practice.
Another position paper in support of VBAC
Overall, this is a solid website that focuses on evidence based care. There is a good deal of information about VBAC and repeat cesarean. While I do think the information is good, I want to point out that the last time this section was updated was 2012.
A website dedicated to providing resources to women who have had a prior cesarean. They also have local chapters where women who have had a cesarean can meet together.
This is a documentary that explores a women’s journey to VBAC. Definitely worth the watch.
This book is not specific to VBAC, but there are a few stories about VBAC in it. The most important part of this book is the normalization of childbirth. Ina May Gaskin is an amazing birth advocate, this is a must read.
Another good read that normalizes birth.
Many websites have a page or two dedicated to VBAC, but these resources dig deeper, fully aware that knowledge is power when pursuing or deciding about a VBAC. Is there anything I missed, a resource you found particularly valuable to your journey?