Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC)

Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC)

by Megan Nickel-Martin Vaginal birth after cesarean, or VBAC, is not a new phenomenon or fad.  It became popular in the 1980’s after the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) issued statements promoting VBAC and dismantled the idea of “once a cesarean, always a cesarean.”  The cesarean surgery has become so refined since its ancient beginnings that women are no longer dying during the operation and surgical technique has improved making VBAC a safe reality.  In 1999, however, the VBAC movement was set back when ACOG released a practice bulletin limiting access…Read more …
Are You Pregnant or Planning to Become Pregnant?

Are You Pregnant or Planning to Become Pregnant?

by Judi Amico, Andrea Barbosa, Angela Bailey & Felicia Elston SWFLBN Chapter Leaders Childbearing women in Southwest Florida have a variety of options available when choosing how, where and the type of of provider to give birth with.  In preparing for your special day and the many decisions you will have to make, navigating options and knowing where to find them is easier with the help of a guide. Often maternity care providers are attending numerous women in a short period of time, minimizing opportunity for individualized care.  Individualized care allows the provider to…Read more …
Helping Expectant Moms Learn About Childbirth Options

Helping Expectant Moms Learn About Childbirth Options

by Andrea Barbosa & Angela Bailey SWFLBN Chapter Leaders The way that a woman experiences childbirth can profoundly affect her mental, physical and spiritual well-being.  Postpartum Support International states that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following childbirth is experienced by 1-6% of women, most often caused by real or perceived trauma in labor or postpartum. Reasons can include poor communication and lack of support and reassurance during the delivery and/or having an unplanned cesarean. Many women are choosing to become informed about all of their childbirth options, yet there are many more that are…Read more …