Review on Power to Push VBAC Booklet

I’m so glad to come across this short yet informative e-booklet.

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It encouraged me to really go and write my own VBAC book. This booklet, however, is more on VBAC facts that can be useful for mommies who are contemplating on having a VBAC but still have doubts and fears. The statistics shown in the booklet are taken in British Columbia, Canada. I don’t think there is an updated information like this in the Philippines. I have yet to find out, and I haven’t gotten around to doing an extensive research because I don’t know where to source it out.

Anyway, here are the key points that I want to highlight on the e-booklet:

1. On page 3, the booklet says that 75 out of 100 women who plan a VBAC are successful. This statistics somehow gives mommies who underwent C-sections hope that there more women who had successful VBAC than those who didn’t. Most of the time, the negative news are highlighted rather than the positive ones.

2. On page 6, the risks of having a repeat C-section are discussed, some of which are  infection, breathing complications for the babies, placenta problems, and even death. In my experience in talking to several doctors before finally deciding on a VBAC-supportive OB, the doctors would most often than not point out the risks of having a VBAC rather than the risks of having a repeat cesarean. They would say that the risk is too high for the baby to die due to uterine rupture. And yet on the same page in the booklet, the death due to cesarean birth is higher than having vaginal birth. In page 7, uterine rupture happens in 1 out of 200 VBACs. In fact, uterine rupture even happens prior to labor, even if the mommy is planning for a repeat cesarean.

Of course, the booklet is saying that there are rare instances when uterine rupture becomes fatal to the mom and baby. But if you are going for VBAC, usual procedure in the hospital is that the mommy’s and baby’s health are closely monitored.

In my experience, I asked my OB how soon can she perform the surgery in case I need a C-section, and she told me three minutes. When I heard that, I became all the more determined to have VBAC. It was an assurance that if anything happens that is not according to plan A, I have an alternate plan.

3. On page 15, the booklet tackles the topic “What Matters Most to You?” On the next page, there is a tool that somehow allows the mommy to enumerate possible reasons on why she should consider VBAC versus repeat cesarean. Using a scoring system, the mommy will see which option is more beneficial to her and her baby.

I can’t forget my friend who recently chose to have cesarean over VBAC. After trying to convince the couple to try VBAC, somehow the benefits of having a scheduled cesarean appealed more to them. If I were to rate them using the scoring system, this is how it will appear:

Reasons to . . .

Have a repeat CS How much does it matter to you? Have a VBAC How much does it matter to you?
Can have baby on husband’s birthday

* * * * *

Want to try natural childbirth

* * *

Can have a discount on the OB (relative)

* * * * *

Want to avoid high expense

* *

Have a smaller chance of having a uterine rupture

* * * * *

Want to breastfeed baby right away

* * *

Avoid labor

* * * * *

My husband can be part of my birth

* *

Avoid the long wait/not knowing what the outcome is

* * * * *

Fast recovery

* * *

TOTAL

25

 

13

Although a lot of women still opt to have cesarean these days, more and more women are getting more aware of its risks. One mommy from Batangas came across this site and was so inspired to choose VBAC despite all the discouragements she got from her family. Even her husband wasn’t supportive. That must have been tough! But thank God, she had a successful VBAC last November to healthy baby girl, and she plans to have more babies in the future. Thanks to having a successful VBAC, her self-esteem is back, and she’s loving every minute of being a mother and a woman once more. Check out her VBAC story in my next blog :).

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About themilklady

a mother of 4 wonderful kids. a social entrepreneur. an advocate of natural childbirth, VBAC, and breast-feeding.
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