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"Truth About VBAC" Online Workshop with Jen Kamel

VBAC Facts

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 from 4:00 AM to 5:00 AM (PDT)

"Truth About VBAC" Online Workshop with Jen Kamel

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IMG: Jen Kamel, VBAC Facts Founder/ Director

 

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.

After attending this workshop, you will understand:

  • 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 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:

  • medical providers such as nurses, midwives, and doctors;
  • birth professionals such as doulas, childbirth educators, and lactation consultants;
  • highly motivated parents including women who have had cesareans, their spouse/partner/support person, and other family members or supportive friends; and
  • other professionals such as hospital administrators, lawyers, public health professionals, journalists, academics, and researchers.

 


What do people say about the workshop and website?


"If you’re worried that Jen is going to try and talk you into a VBAC– well, that’s not how she does things. In this class, Jen simply presents accurate facts and lets the evidence speak for itself." - Rebecca Dekker, RN PhD APRN, EvidenceBasedBirth

"The website is informative, but the class is empowering! Jen has put an incredible amount of effort into interpreting and condensing VBAC data for all consumers, practitioners, and hospitals to benefit from. No matter what type of birth you want, the information is there to evaluate your current and future risk and help you make an informed decision without fear-based pressure or speculation." - Mom, Louisville, KY

"Being a busy practitioner I do not have time to travel.  The webinar was perfect for me and it exceeded my expectations. I love that you show the good, the bad, and the ugly of both VBAC/ERCS and that your presentation is void of emotion.  It is straightforward and backed up by facts. I love that you use actual research and not opinion." - CNM, Peyton, CO

"Thank you so much for you clarity on the VBAC issue and the concerns surrounding it. As a CNM who does many VBACs (in hospital), I appreciate your efforts to spread factual, evidence- based information. I shared your website with the director of our Obstetrics department because I think you do a great job of gathering factual information for the lay public. He sent it out to everyone in the department! Job well done- keep it up!" - CNM, Caldwell, NJ

"Thank you so much for your wonderful workshop. I have to say, honestly, I was coming into this workshop thinking I knew a lot about VBACs already and I wasn't sure how much I would learn from it. Well, you blew my mind! I'm so grateful to be connected with you!" - Doula, Lancaster, PA

"I learned more about reading medical studies in your workshop than I did in my research class in nursing school!" - CNM, San Diego, CA

"I use your presentation of data frequently in teaching health education courses as an example of using study analysis correctly. Sometimes 'interesting' data is referred to as such as a means of getting related data discussed, not because it is particularly noteworthy as evidence. You do an exceptional job presenting research objectively and in context." - Mom & Clinical Researcher (PhD), Chandler, AZ

"Excellent - I strongly encourage anyone involved in birth in any way to attend this seminar!" - CNM, Atlanta, GA

"This class is all about the facts. It is low pressure. It gives you information from scientific journals that will help you make the best decision for you and your baby. At the end, you get to decide which set of risks you are willing to accept. It opened my husband’s eyes. Even though I’ve been telling him, he needed to hear the research and the numbers. Thank you!!!" — Mom, Los Angeles, CA

"Excellent presentation, Jen keeps you pulled into the facts, and presents them in such an interesting way, and with a lot of laughter. The VBAC community is blessed to have someone so talented presenting these facts, not in a dry monotone, but in a way that keeps the audience engaged." - RN, Long Beach, CA

"Jen has a strong understanding of statistics and did an admirable job communicating statistical principals to a non-mathematical community. Also helped explain what a medical study entails, how it is done, and how to interpret these studies." - Math Educator (MA), Sacramento, CA

"Such a wealth of information! You have to be educated and informed about this issue, even if you are not in childbearing years or having children. The VBAC Facts workshop was well worth every penny I paid to sit and listen to her wisdom. - Midwife, Reston, VA

 

Is the goal of the seminar to convince women to have a VBAC?


VBAC Facts does not advocate for a specific mode of delivery, birth attendant or birth location. This seminar is a respectful environment and as such, your choices will be respected. There is no “right way” to birth, only the right way for a specific mother based on her personal risk assessment. Learn more about Jen’s unique style of advocacy.

 

Does the seminar offer continuing education hours?


Yes! Those who attend an in-person seminar, 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 webinars 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.

  

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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.

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