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Non-Medical Factors Drive the Decision to Perform Cesareans

A Newsweek article points to a systematic review (a study of studies) finding that doctors perform cesareans in the belief that it will protect them from being sued, but that isn’t the half [...]

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New ACOG VBAC Guidelines: Same Old, Same Old or a Step Forward?

The American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists (ACOG) has released an updated vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) Practice Bulletin, its first in seven years. The previous version came [...]

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Do Laboring Women Retain Their Right to Make Medical Decisions about Their Care?

You might be thinking this is a silly question because every competent adult has the right to make decisions about their medical care, but, in fact, doctors, hospital administrators, and lawyers [...]

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Is Hospital Birth Safer Than Out-of-Hospital Birth?

UPI has published an article on the Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA) data analysis, “Perspectives on risk: Assessment of risk profiles and outcomes among women planning community birth [...]

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Why Are Cesarean Rates Are So High? Perspectives from the Trenches

A study in the most recent issue of Birth provides eye-opening illumination on non-medical reasons for high cesarean rates (Kennedy 2016). Investigators at Yale’s med-school affiliated hospital [...]

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Home VBAC: The Horns of a Dilemma

A few weeks ago at the American Congress of Obstetricians & Gynecologists annual meeting, Dr. Grünebaum presented his prize winning paper concluding that home VBAC resulted in worse neonatal [...]

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S&S Publishes Parts 2 & 3 of “Supporting Women When a VBAC Doesn’t Happen”

Parts 2 and 3 of the Science & Sensibility series are “The Forgotten Mothers,” and “Supporting the Mothers.” Check out the International Cesarean Awareness Network website for additional [...]

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S&S Series on Supporting Women Whose VBAC Labors End in Repeat Cesareans

Science and Sensibility is running a 3-part series on supporting women who plan VBAC but have repeat cesareans. “Part 1: A Unique Grief” was published last week.

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RCOG Releases New VBAC Guidelines

The Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists has published updated VBAC guidelines based on studies published between 2003 and February 2015. The guidelines are more extensive and [...]

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The MANA Stats on Planned Home VBAC in the U.S.

Science & Sensibility recently published an interview with Melissa Cheyney, one of the authors of the forthcoming “Planned home VBAC in the United States, 2004-2009: outcomes, maternity [...]

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