The bad: Many hospitals and birth centers are refusing to support VBAC patients. And even if they say they are supportive, many do not have experience with successful VBAC cases.
How frustrating. On one hand, your doctor tells you that you're a great candidate for a VBAC, and we know the success rate can be as high as 74%. But the hospital you're delivering at doesn't have a very supportive policy for VBAC patients. I'm experiencing this frustration first-hand with one of my doula practice clients.
What's a gal to do? ICAN! The International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN) is a fantastic resource. There are local chapters where you can find and attend support groups. And they keep a running inventory of doctors, midwives, and birth locations in your area that are VBAC-friendly.
Have you thought about a VBAC? Why or why not? What other resources have you found helpful?