Vaginal Birth After Cesarean?
You’ve had a cesarean (maybe more than one), and you’re wondering whether vaginal birth is possible for you—or if it’s even wise to try.
Perhaps you’re not as inclined to simply go with your OB’s program as you were before. Perhaps you’re finding that the information available on vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) sheds more heat than light. Where can you find information you can trust? How can you determine what’s right for you and your baby? CBU can help you make informed choices and obtain optimal care for you and your baby.
What do we mean by informed choices?
Choices based in an understanding of the potential benefits and harms of all your options, including watchful waiting.
What do we mean by optimal care?
The least use of medical intervention that achieves the best outcomes given your individual case.
Take Charge of Your Birth!
CBU can help you…
- determine the accuracy of information from media sources or caregivers.
- decide whether you want to plan VBAC or repeat cesarean based on your personal history and characteristics.
- plan for an optimal VBAC birth.
- plan for an optimal cesarean delivery.
How does CBU do this?
Give you up-to-date access to the best medical research on VBAC and knowledge of good practice so you can form your own opinions.
Refute bogus arguments for denying VBAC so you can’t be manipulated.
Quantify the potential harms of VBAC versus elective repeat cesarean and the harms of multiple repeat cesarean versus the benefits of multiple repeat VBACs so you can weigh the pros and cons of the two paths.
Provide information according to individual characteristics so you can gauge whether you are a good candidate for VBAC.
Offer practical recommendations so you can apply what you’ve learned to making and implementing your plans.
How does CBU Work?
Vaginal Birth after Cesarean is a streamable, narrated slide lecture that can be viewed on any device. The specialized presentation software allows you to go at your own pace and jump to any slide of your choosing.
Lectures include links to selected internet resources pertinent to that lecture together with the lecture’s bibliography.
In addition, CBU’s Facebook page provides a forum for you to engage in dialog with CBU lecturers and other pregnant women as well as the option to contact lecture presenters privately.
Vaginal Birth after Cesarean?
This course will enable you to weigh the risks of planned VBAC versus elective repeat cesarean according to your individual circumstances and refutes common reasons for denying VBAC. Its “take-away” section details optimal labor care practices and policies that will minimize the chance of the scar giving way and maximize likelihood of VBAC as well as suggests strategies for an optimal cesarean.
Childbirth U is intended to help you make informed decisions about maternity care; however, the information found on this website is not a substitute for professional medical advice. You should consult your physician or midwife before acting on any of the information you find here. While the content of CBU lectures is believed to be true and accurate at the time of publication, we accept no legal responsibility for any errors or omissions that may be made and make no warranty, express or implied, with respect to the content of CBU lectures.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long will it take me to complete the course?
Course lectures are self-paced. You can take as long as you need. If you pause a lecture, the special software will remember where you left off and offer the option to begin there or start over when you return to it. Course lectures are also independent of each other. They may be viewed in any order, and, while we recommend taking the entire course, you can skip lectures on topics that don’t interest you.
What devices will allow me to access course lectures?
Course lectures can be viewed on any device capable of internet streaming.
How long will I have access to the course?
Access to courses never expires, and when lectures are updated or new lectures are added, you will automatically receive access to the updated or new lectures.