In this episode of Yoga | Birth | Babies, I speak with the founder of VBAC Facts, Jen Kamel. Jen and I go deep into myths and misconceptions about VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) and ways to advocate for the birth you want. This episode is will bring fire and confidence to any person unsure of the facts of VBAC and may help in selecting a care provider who can support the choice of VBAC.
In this episode:
- Jen’s pathway and passion for supporting VBAC.
- What is a VBAC?
- Reasons someone might be discouraged from having a VBAC.
- Medically justified reasons someone may be discouraged from having a VBAC
- Myths and misconceptions surrounding VBACs.
- Current VBAC rates.
- What would make someone a good “candidate” for a VBAC.
- The impact of the rising cesarean rate on women’s health.
- Risks of repeat cesareans.
- Red flags a pregnant person should keep in mind when interviewing care providers for a VBAC.
- Questions a pregnant person ask during the care provider search.
- How to best advocate for one’s self to have a VBAC when speaking with a care provider.
- Jen’s latest projects, speaking events, training and membership site! https://vbacfacts.com/membership
- FREE GIFT for the Yoga | Birth | Baby listeners! vbacfacts.com/report
For more information on VBAC Facts, please visit www.vbacfacts.com
Jen Kamel helps birth professionals, and cesarean parents, achieve clarity on vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) through her educational courses, training programs, and consulting services. As a nationally recognized consumer advocate and Founder of VBAC Facts, her mission is to increase VBAC access through education, legislation, and amplifying the consumer voice.
She presents Grand Rounds at hospitals educating staff on the latest VBAC evidence. As a California Board of Registered Nursing Continuing Education Provider, she speaks at national conferences throughout the country. As a legislative consultant, she works with organizations focusing on midwifery legislation and regulations that threaten VBAC access.
She testifies in front of the California Medical Board and legislative committees, meets with legislators in regards to individual pieces of legislation, and serves as an expert witness in legal proceedings.
She envisions a time when every pregnant person seeking VBAC has access to unbiased information, respectful providers, and community support, so they can plan the birth of their choosing in the setting they desire.”