What is the mission of VBAC Facts?
Due to the twenty year gap between research and practice, many Americans still think “once a cesarean, always a cesarean,” even though the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists (ACOG) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are clear: VBAC is a safe, reasonable, and appropriate option for most women with one prior cesarean and some women with two prior cesareans.
The mission of VBAC Facts is to close the gap between what the best practice guidelines from ACOG and the NIH say about VBAC and repeat cesarean and what people generally believe. While making information relative to post-cesarean birth options easily accessible to the people who seek it, VBAC Facts strives to create a deep understanding of “the why” by providing political and historical context of the current VBAC climate as well as medical and scientific context for understanding obstetrical risk and evaluating birth-related research. VBAC Facts is an advocate for accurate and fair information and does not promote a specific mode of delivery, type of health care professional, or birth location.
What topics does the workshop discuss?
Developed and presented by Jen Kamel, Founder/ Director of VBAC Facts, “The Truth About VBAC: History, Politics & Stats” delivers an evidence-based and unbiased review of interesting, pertinent, and hard to find information relative to post-cesarean birth options. It is a solid and fully-cited compilation of statistics, analysis, recommendations, and observations directly from respected medical journals, professionals, and organizations such as the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the National Institutes of Health.
This comprehensive workshop answers many questions such as:
- What are the current VBAC guidelines?
- Why are VBACs banned in one-half of American hospitals?
- What is uterine rupture and what are the factors influencing a woman’s risk?
- What is the “immediately available” recommendation and how does it impact access to VBAC?
- How can I identify a strong medical study?
- Is it possible to plan a successful hospital VBAC?
- How long should a woman wait after a cesarean until she gets pregnant again?
- How do the risks and benefits of VBAC vs. repeat cesarean compare?
- What are the outcomes for moms and babies?
- What are the risks and benefits of out-of-hospital birth?
- How does mode of delivery impact gut colonization?
- What is the “VBAC double standard?”
- What are the factors for understanding obstetrical risk?
- How do you tell the difference between birth myths, scare tactics, and informed consent?
- What are a patient’s legal rights when it comes to birth?
Who should attend?
The natural audience of this workshop includes:
- women who have had cesareans, their spouse/partner/support person, and other family members or supportive friends;
- birth professionals such as doulas, childbirth educators, and lactation consultants;
- medical providers such as nurses, midwives and doctors; and
- other professionals such as hospital administrators, lawyers, public health professionals, journalists, academics, and researchers.
Will my husband/boyfriend/male partner be comfortable?
This workshop is entirely “guy friendly.” There are no pictures or videos of women laboring and, surprisingly, not a whole lot of “vagina talk.”
It’s so important for spouses to be in agreement on family size and how babies are born because if they are not, it can cause significant strife in the relationship and result in resentment and even betrayal. When both partners have access to the same information, they are able to review their options and have an intelligent conversation about how they wish to move forward.
Also, when guys get this info, they share it with their guy friends. It is so important to educate men as well as women about this topic because because it impacts them too! While childbirth has historically been considered “women’s stuff,” that is changing as men are realizing that what happens to their wives and children is drastically important to them as well.
Finally, since the workshop includes lots of facts, charts, and numbers, guys really dig it.
Can I bring my children?
Nursing babies in arms are ok. Keep in mind that most people find themselves writing notes throughout the class. It might be helpful to bring your husband/partner via the couples ticket so you can switch off baby holding and note writing! If you baby begins crying or is disruptive, you will need to step outside with them until they calm.
Do I need to be pregnant to attend?
If you have had a cesarean and are considering your birth options, the best time to collect information is before you get pregnant. Then you have time to conduct your research and assemble your birth team without a due date looming. That said, it is never too late to learn.
Is the goal of the class to convince women to have a VBAC?
The mission of VBAC Facts is simple: to make hard-to-find, interesting, and pertinent information relative to post-cesarean birth options easily accessible to the people who seek it. VBAC Facts does not advocate for a specific mode of delivery, birth attendant or birth location.
While Jen had a wonderful home VBAC and it was the right choice for her, other women find that the right choice for them is a hospital VBAC with pain medication or a repeat cesarean and that is their decision to make with their body. This class is a respectful environment and as such, your choices will be respected. There is no “right way” to birth, only the right way for you. Learn more about Jen’s unique style of advocacy.
Does the class offer continuing education hours?
Yes! Those who attend an in-person class, webinar, or watch the video at their own pace (within 30 days of receiving the video link), can earn 6.6 continuing education hours from the California Board of Registered Nursing. These CEs are accepted by all RN boards, NARM, ICEA, Lamaze, DONA, and CAPPA as well as many other medical and health organizations.
Confirm that your licensing body accepts nursing CEs.
Not all organizations accept continuing education hours earned via on-line classes or videos. Check with your particular organization.
Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Continuing Education Provider #16238, for 6.6 continuing education hours.
Will we be taking a break for lunch?
Yes, we will be taking an hour long lunch break. You can either bring your own lunch or enjoy a local restaurant. Typically, people do enjoy having lunch together at the workshop location so they can continue talking and networking.
Please review the Class FAQ for more information:
- Can I attend the workshop via a webinar (online class?)
- Is a video of the workshop available?
- What is the "couples" ticket?
- Are there any discounted tickets available?
- Is there a special rate for those who have taken the class before?
- What feedback has the class received?
- What do people say about the tone and content of VBAC Facts?
- Can I register by mail?
- How far do people typically drive to attend the class?
- Is there financial aid available?
- How can I contribute to the VBAC Facts Scholarship Fund?
- How can I bring “The Truth About VBAC” to my area?
- How can I be notified of future classes?
- What is your refund policy?
When & Where
Jennifer Kamel, VBAC Facts
About VBAC Facts
The mission of VBAC Facts is to close the gap between what the best practice guidelines from ACOG and the NIH say about VBAC and repeat cesarean and what people generally believe. While making information relative to post-cesarean birth options easily accessible to the people who seek it, VBAC Facts strives to create a deep understanding of “the why” by providing political and historical context of the current VBAC climate as well as medical and scientific context for understanding obstetrical risk and evaluating birth-related research. VBAC Facts is an advocate for accurate and fair information and does not promote a specific mode of delivery, type of health care professional, or birth location. Read more about this unique approach.
About Jennifer Kamel
When Jennifer Kamel, Founder/Director of VBAC Facts, had her cesarean in 2004 for single footling breech presentation, she had no idea how hard it would be to find fair, unbiased, and accurate information on post-cesarean birth options. With her professional history as a commercial real estate research manager performing demographic and geographic analysis for international, national, and local companies, she was accustomed to gathering information, analyzing it, and presenting her findings in everyday terms. After her cesarean, she directed her skill set to post-cesarean birth options. Upon her VBAC in 2007, she looked at the information she had acquired in light of all the misinformation and confusion that dominated many exchanges on the internet. VBAC Facts was born.