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After a Cesarean…What's a Birth Professional to Do?

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The discrepancy between the evidence supporting vaginal birth after cesarean and actual medical practice illuminates the larger issues of evidence-based care versus current obstetrical practice. Although the reasons for the disconnect between what we know to be healthy birth practices and what women actually experience are multiple and complex, a commitment to providing accurate education, truly client-centered support, and active patient advocacy will give women the ability to insist on best practice care for themselves and their babies. The International Cesarean Awareness Network believes that all childbirth professionals and advocates share a responsibility to promote change and must work together to be effective.

Keywords: cesarean; repeat cesarean surgery; vaginal birth; vaginal birth after cesarean

Document Type: Editorial

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1624/105812410X495505

Publication date: January 1, 2010

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