There's an excellent story up at CNN about a mama (Aneka) who had three C-sections, mainly due to pressure from...
There's an excellent story up at CNN about a mama (Aneka) who had three C-sections, mainly due to pressure from her doctors and then the excuse of vaginal births after cesareans, or VBACs after C-sections don't work out well. Fast forward to her fourth pregnancy and some research about birth made this mama realize that maybe she had been unduly robbed of a truly great birth experience. Aneka decided to ask her doctor for a vaginal birth, but was told no by her doctor. Then she called her own hospital, then three more hospitals and every single one said no, she could not deliver vaginally. Upset, this mama spread out her search perimeter and finally found a hospital 90 minutes away that would allow her to have a VBAC; but really? 90 minutes away? Finally, at just seven weeks away from her due date, Aneka got in touch with the International Cesarean Awareness Network and they were able to hook Aneka up with a midwife who would be willing to deliver her baby at home. Aneka's baby Annan Ni'em was born at home perfectly healthy and a full 9 pounds, 6 ounces, and after just four minutes of pushing. Excellent! Many, many mamas are told, "Once a c-section, always a c-section" but that's simply not true. There is plenty of scientific and medical information that backs up a VBAC as a safe birth option for both mamas and babies. Like any birth, there are always exceptions, but if you're interested in a VBAC and doctors have told you, "No way!" then this is an inspiring story. As part of CNN's empowered patient series, they've also told the story of another mama who had a very closely related VBAC experience. By the way, if you want a VBAC then you should know that The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recently released updated practice guidelines for VBAC births, which state, "VBAC is a safe and reasonable option for most women, including some women with multiple previous cesareans, twins, and unknown uterine scars." Additionally, ACOG notes that that "A cesarean cannot be forced nor can care be denied if a woman declines a repeat cesarean during labor." Also keep in mind that research shows that repeat c-sections are actually worse, not better for babies. Read the full story.

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