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I’m so excited for some of the recent information coming out on an issue so very personal and important to me. These are HUGE steps forward in improving birth outcomes for mothers and babies. I was actually in tears when I read these the other day and they hit me even harder today as I worked on Dex’s birth story rewrite.  I’m thankful for being able to use our story to help others and I’m so thankful that evidence based care is actually making its way back into our hospitals and clinics. So amazing!

Read some of the things that may my day today:

Birth Centers Change the Conversation on VBAC

“We are pleased to report that the Commission for the Accreditation of Birth Centers (CABC) has recently updated their policy on Trial of Labor After Cesarean (TOLAC).  The new policy makes vaginal birth at accredited birth centers a possibility for more women – but its impact on the national conversation is more powerful than even that.”

http://www.acog.org/Resources_And_Publications/Obstetric_Care_Consensus_Series/Safe_Prevention_of_the_Primary_Cesarean_Delivery

“Abstract: In 2011, one in three women who gave birth in the United States did so by cesarean delivery. Cesarean birth can be life-saving for the fetus, the mother, or both in certain cases. However, the rapid increase in cesarean birth rates from 1996 to 2011 without clear evidence of concomitant decreases in maternal or neonatal morbidity or mortality raises significant concern that cesarean delivery is overused.”