The Truth About VBAC: History, Politics, & Stats – Buffalo, NY

The Truth About VBAC: History, Politics, & Stats – Buffalo, NY
Event on 2013-07-06 10:00:00
What will the class discuss?

Have you had a cesarean? Do you want to comprehend your future birth options? Are your friends and family worried about your desire to plan a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC)? Are your clients or patients seeking accurate information? Can you talk intelligently on the risks and benefits of VBAC and repeat cesarean?

Developed and presented by Jen Kamel, Founder & Executive Director of VBAC Facts, “The Truth About VBAC: History, Politics & Stats” delivers an evidence-based review of interesting and hard to find information relative to post-cesarean birth options to parents, birth advocates, and medical professionals. It is wad packed with statistics, analysis, and suggestions directly from respected medical journals, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the National Institutes of Health. (See who is going on Facebook.)

The class answers many questions such as:

  • What are the current VBAC guidelines?
  • Why are VBACs illegal 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” suggestion and how does it impact access to VBAC?
  • Is it doable to plan a successful hospital VBAC?
  • How long should a woman move 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 medicine 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?

Does the class offer any continuing education hours?

Yes! Whether you attend the in-person class, the webinar, or watch the video at your own pace (within 30 days of receiving the video link), you will acquire 6 continuing education hours through DONA International. Other organizations such as Lamaze and ICEA and some Say Nursing Boards also accept DONA accredited continuing education hours. Not all organizations accept continuing education hours attained via on-line classes or videos. Check with your particular organization.

To acquire the continuing education hours, you must attend the entire class and submit the evaluation form at the classes’ completion to info at vbacfacts dot com.  No partial credit will be given.Do you offer a video of the class?

For those who can’t attend a live event, you are welcome to watch a video of the latest webinar presented in March 2013. After registration, you will be emailed the link.What do people state about the class?

“Bravo! I totally loved the VBAC Facts Class– I learned SO much! Jen does an astonishing job of summarizing the latest evidence on VBACs and repeat Cesareans in a way that is simple to understand. I also loved when she speaks about informed consent versus scare tactics, how to find a supportive care provider, and how to prepare for a hospital VBAC. I strongly suggest this class to anyone who is interested in learning about VBAC!” Rebecca Dekker, PhD, RN, APRN of www.evidencebasedbirth.com. Read Rebecca’s entire review.

“Thanks so much for an awesome class! I want to tell mamas… please don’t be afraid to look at the stats. They do support what we intuitively know. Our bodies are prefabricated to give birth. Even in a climate that is unfavorable the majority of women who attempt VBAC are successful. Envision what we can do as we spread the information, change this climate, and become empowered birth consumers. The conditions will become more favorable and that can only produce positive results for us. Share stats. Take classes like this and share them with other women. Go into a VBAC in full knowing, if you select to VBAC after seeing accurate info. That is empowerment. These stats establish to me that I can trust my body. We are all at different places when it comes to accepting and evaluating risks. What might seem risky to one mama, might not to me or you. That is why this info is a must. Full knowledge can promote emotional healing and empowerment among birthing women. We can demand evidence based care. We can be familiar with the stats. We can go into our VBAC intuitively and trusting. This is not an one way or the highway game. This is a you know what is ideal for you scenario. As someone who works with emotional, mental, spiritual preparation for VBAC and birth quite often, I love the marriage to the intellectual preparation. They are great team members. Ok… probably don’t make a lick of sense, but I’m pumped. Thanks!” – Kelli B. Haywood, Educator and Birth Doula at Birth True Childbirth Education

"Thank you Thank You THANK YOU! Jen, I just LOVED The Truth About VBAC Webinar we completed up today. I am definitely an suggest of following your intuition and trusting innate maternal wisdom, but knowing this information will help cast away those doubts about what moms' bodies are capable of. A cesarean is not the 'birth handicap' we are led to believe it is by the mainstream. I encourage all doulas and childbirth educators and VBAC seeking moms and partners to take this class, capture this information and use it to win support from your birth team. You can VBAC with confidence having the data to reference, and Jen did an astonishing job putting it all together in a clear manner, looking at the issue from myriad perspectives. Bravo Jen . . . well done!" – Jenn D'Jammos, CCCE, Earth Mama Birth – Review of the November 2012 webinar

"Jen's VBAC Facts webinar is interesting, organized, and most importantly, evidence-based!  Some of my favorite parts included the many charts Jen created, which illustrate statistics regarding Cesarean section and VBAC in the U.S.  I'm a visual learner, and putting those numbers in appearance really prefabricated it click for me.  This class would be a great fit for parents, educators, doulas, and any health professional working with moms and babies.  A mythologic educational opportunity!" – Lindsey Rupp, CD(DONA), CLS, PCD(DONA), Blissful Transition Doula Services

“You rocked your presentation. I learned sooooo much!” — Ana Paula Markel, Founder of BINI Birth, Doula Trainer, and Childbirth Educator

“I instruct my clients and students that educating themselves is one of the most powerful paths to freedom. When it comes to birth—whether or not a woman is planning a VBAC–information is power. Jen Kamel has a masterful understanding of the research and she delivers it to moms and birth workers in a clear, accessible, and applicable way. Thanks to Jen and www.VBACfacts.com this powerful body of knowledge can be used by all of us to cultivate the ideal doable birth experiences.” — Christy Diane Farr, Life Coach with Seeds and Weeds Coaching

“This class is all about the facts. It is low pressure. It gives you information from scientific journals that will help you make the ideal 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!!!” — Mother seeking VBA2C

“Thanks for an outstanding class! It was very nice meeting you. Your hard work and dedicated research is incredibly impressive. Knowledge is Power, wish it would rub off on the whole OB community. I think the trend to eventually turn that direction for women’s choice of birth options will happen as more people place that kind of pressure on the issue. Bravo to you!” — Labor & Delivery Registered Nurse seeking VBA1C

“My husband and I certainly felt even more confident after the class. I would definitely suggest it to anyone considering a VBAC.” — A mother planning VBA1C

“Jen Kamel blew me away with the personable nature in which she delivered stats and figures. She clearly explained how women can use them to comprehend their options. I wish each mortal out there who feels strange when dealing with the numbers vs intuition question would take this class and get a good look at what the integration of the two looks like.” — Shannon Mitchell, Doula & Birth Advocate

“What an astonishing and informative presentation!! Thank you so much for doing this ever-important work for birthing women!!! ” — Teresa Stire, PhDc, MA, student midwife, and VBA3C momBut I live an hour away!

The average mortal who attends the in-person class drives 45 minutes one way. 21% drive between 1 – 2 hours and 18% drive over two hours the attend this class! Don’t let distance hold you back!How can I bring “The Truth About VBAC” to my area?

Jen adores to travel and share her class!  If you are interested in hosting a class in your area, please review the Local Sponsor Agreement for more details.Is your goal to convince women to have a VBAC?

Jen had a wonderful VBAC with her son. It was the right choice for her. However, you might find that the right choice for you is a hospital VBAC or a repeat cesarean and that is your decision to make with your body. The neutral of the class is to make hard to find and interesting information relative to post-cesarean birth options easily accessible to the people who seek it, not to convince anyone to make a specific decision. This class is a respectful environment and as such, your choices will be respected. Learn more about Jen's one-of-a-kind style of advocacy.Refund policy

A full refund, minus a processing fee will be provided upon request up until three weeks before any class begins. After that time, refunds will not be issued, though students might transfer their registration to an upcoming webinar.Disclaimer

VBACfacts.com (Website) and “The Truth About VBAC” classes (Class) are designed to share interesting and hard to find information on post-cesarean birth options.

Information is shared via the Website and Class with the understanding that Jennifer Kamel is not a medical professional and she is not eligible to wage medical advice. If medical advice is required, the services of a competent medical professional should be sought.

It is not the purpose of the Website or Class to wage all the information that is otherwise available, but instead to complement, amplify and supplement other texts. The Website and Class are not comprehensive resources and should not be used as such.

Every effort has been prefabricated to make the Website and Class as accurate as possible. However, there may be mistakes, both typographical and in content. Therefore, the Website and Class should be used only as a general guide and not as the eventual source of birth after cesarean information. Furthermore, this Website and Class contains information on birth after cesarean that is current only up to the published date.

You are encouraged to perform your own research and analysis and together with your eligible care provider, make a medical decision appropriate for your individual situation. For more information, see the many resources listed in the bibliography.

The purpose of the Website and Class is to educate and entertain. The author shall have neither liability nor responsibility to any mortal or entity with respect to any loss or alteration caused, or alleged to have been caused, directly or indirectly, by the information contained in the Website or Class.

If you do not wish to be bound by the above, you might refrain from reading the website or attending the class.

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