Vaginal birth after caesarean (VBAC)

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Are you planning a vaginal birth after having a caesarean birth? Then this is the section for you. I have pulled together information on this website and from the web to help inform and encourage you. Emotions for women who achieve a VBAC are many, most feel a victory and a relief. Many women feel a deep, profound sense of healing. The World Health Organisation said no country should have a cesarean rate above 10-15%. Now in Australia we have caesarean birth rates in excess of 30% - which is totally unacceptable. Women are being subjected to unnecessary surgery. Researching VBAC enables you to find out the real risks of vaginal birth and elective caesarean so you can make an informed decision for you and your baby. Please browse the articles, stories, videos and links I've put together.

Jane Palmer


For further information on VBAC see:

VBAC Links

  • Birthrites: Healing After Caesarean Inc. This site aims of provide a support network for women who have had a previous caesarean section and to increase awareness of womens' needs. There is lots of information on Vaginal Birth After Caesarean (VBAC) and offers contacts for women seeking a VBAC.
  • CANA The Caesarean Awareness Network Australia (CANA) is the vision of three Australian mothers who saw a need to provide a public voice on behalf of women who have had caesareans, women who are considering having a baby by caesarean and women planning to have a vaginal birth after caesarean (VBAC).
  • CARES SA CARES SA, is a group of women working to bring information to birthing women and their partners on all their options for birth in Adelaide. They are primarily a support group for women and their partners and our aim is to assist in various ways: Support after a Caesarean,  Support for women wanting a VBAC, Support for women who need a Caesarean, Education and Information
  • aims to provide access to information from a variety of sources: scientific studies, professional guidelines, government reports, successful and safe established VBAC programs, and the midwifery model of care. Their goal is to help women make informed decisions about how they will give birth
  • International Caesarean Awareness Network
    This is a collection of fact sheets and information put out by the International Caesarean Awareness Network (ICAN) and other sources. Information includes how to prevent an unnecessary caesarean, vaginal birth after caesarean (VBAC), how to find resources in your community, information about ICAN, and how to become a part of ICAN.
  • Caesarean Birth and VBAC Information Offers research-based information and support on all aspects of caesareans and vaginal birth following caesarean section.

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