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Sunday News Round-Up, NIH VBAC+ Edition

March 14, 2010
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First up, some posts on the NIH VBAC Consensus Conference:

ACNM at Midwife Connection: A Midwife’s Take on the NIH VBAC Consensus Conference

Science & Sensibility: Do women need to know the uterine rupture rate to make informed choices about VBAC? – asking whether the oft-mentioned uterine rupture risk is the main issue.

Momotics: a round-up of coverage there and links to coverage by others

The Unnecesarean: NIH VBAC Consensus Development Conference: Gift Horse or Trojan Horse?, By Courtroom Mama on the refusal question.

PinkyRN is not sure she wants anything to change: Vbacs, sea glass and peacefullness – “I do not think Vbacs are going to become assessable to women. I don’t agree with it but I understand the mechanisms…Not sure I personally want to go back and take those risks anymore. Not sure I want to worry not only about my patients health but the legal risk and the insurance burden that I will incur.”

From Academic Ob/gyn: Micro Tort-Reform: A potential solution to the VBAC Liability Issue, suggesting “a nationally accepted consent form for VBAC and repeat cesarean delivery, vetted by as many people as would want to be involved.”

Feminist Breeder – Once a Cesarean, Rarely a Choice

Courtroom Mama: Why is VBAC a vital option? Because anything less is anti-woman. [not specific to the conference, but quite relevant]

RH Reality Check: On Stupak and VBAC: Women’s Reproductive Choices As Bargaining Chips and NIH Vaginal Birth After Cesarean Panel: Do Pregnant Women Have Full Decision Making Power?

And a couple of examples of news coverage:
At Shots, the NPR health blog: Panel Recommends Rethink On Repeat Cesareans
Baltimore Sun: Vaginal birth after C-section gets boost by NIH-convened expert panel

I’m sure there will be more to come (such as at OBOS this week) as more people have a chance to digest the boatload of conference materials, which are available from http://consensus.nih.gov/2010/vbac.htm and from http://videocast.nih.gov/Summary.asp?File=15696 (for Day 3 video which is not yet linked from the main conference page). An NIH person confirmed for me that a transcript of the telebriefing will be made available as soon as their vendor provides it, as well.

Meanwhile, Amnesty International released a new report on U.S. maternal mortality and pregnancy-related complications.

Women Deliver talks about maternal mortality in Afghanistan.

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. March 14, 2010 11:54 am

    Thank you for putting this round-up together!

    • March 14, 2010 1:04 pm

      Thanks for your coverage and for your comments to the panel at the conference!

  2. March 14, 2010 7:32 pm

    Thanks for the link to my blog posts on NIH!

  3. Courtroom Mama permalink
    March 14, 2010 11:18 pm

    Nice round-up. Thanks for putting it all together!

    • March 15, 2010 7:59 am

      Thanks for your comment; I really enjoyed your post at The Unnecesarean.

  4. March 21, 2010 10:14 am

    I remember how heard it was for my daughter to get into shape after she had a Cesarean. Rough. Thanks for the info gathering.

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