Thursday, February 19, 2009

Good Article on VBAC

Here's a well-written article on the soon-to-be lost option of VBAC that does a great job of highlighting the erroneous reasons hospitals and doctors report on why they don't offer VBAC.

This is one of my favorite parts:

In 1999, after several high-profile cases in which women undergoing VBAC ruptured their uterus, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) changed its guidelines from stipulating that surgeons and anesthesiologists should be "readily available" during a VBAC to "immediately available." "Our goal wasn't to narrow the scope of patients who would be eligible, but to make it safe," says Dr. Carolyn Zelop, co-author of ACOG's most recent VBAC guidelines.

I wonder how much longer it will take before ACOG realizes that in their efforts to "make it safe", they'd caused more harm than help.

Unfortunately, I don't think it will be any time soon.


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