Since 2010, the guidelines issued by the American Congress of Ob/Gyns (ACOG) assert that a VBAC is “a safe and appropriate choice for most women who have had a prior cesarean birth, including for some women who have had two previous cesareans. More and more birthing people are choosing to seek out a VBAC with their next pregnancy.
Almost seven years ago I started planning for my second VBAC, but the first in Medford. If you've tried to plan a VBAC you know what a daunting task this can be and how hard you have to work for it. But it really shouldn't be that way. You have the choice in how you bring your baby into this world, and you should feel empowered and supported the whole pregnancy and birth whatever way you choose to bring your baby earthside.
Some questions that you should ask your provider are:
What is their VBAC success rate? How does that compare to their repeat cesarean rate?
Do they have any requirements to having a VBAC?
Things like you must go into spontaneous labor by 39 weeks, having you sign a document that your partner is fine with your decision to VBAC, that you consent to a repeat cesarean at 39 weeks if labor has not started may indicate that this provider is not supportive of a VBAC.
Are they willing to induce your VBAC if necessary?
The ideal situation would be to have a meeting prior to becoming pregnant, but at your first visit is a great time to ask these questions as well. Don't be afraid to look around for your ideal provider, this is your birth. The following list is by no means a complete list of providers in the valley, but it is a great place to start!
If you are interested in a homebirth the following providers off homebirth VBACS:
Birth Center VBACS are offered with:
Rogue Birth Center LLC
In hospital VBAC providers:
Dr. Mary Strizzi
Dr. Nicole Roth
La Clinica Midwives
However, you decide to birth your baby my hope is that you feel supported and safe the whole time! Happy Birthing friends!