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Trust Yourself to Give Birth Safely

Every woman is different and needs to make her own decisions about how she wants to give birth. Look for the answers you need to help you feel safe and confident to labour for a VBAC.

Evidence tells us that allowing birth to begin and proceed normally without unnecessary medical interventions is safer and healthier for mothers and babies, and is less likely to progress to a caesarean section (Sakala & Corry, 2008). A caesarean can be a life-saving procedure for the mother and/or her baby. However, leading maternity care authorities have concluded that too many women with healthy pregnancies are having a caesarean when short- and long-term harms of this major abdominal surgery outweigh the benefits (American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists & Society for Maternal-Foetal Medicine, 2011). In Australia, one in three women give birth by caesarean section. Twice as many as recommended by the World Health Organization (Wagner, 1994).

Australian women who have had a prior caesarean section, only 28% are given an opportunity to try for a VBAC. 72% will have a repeat caesarean. Of the 28% who try for VBAC, 58% succeed in our hospital system.

birthwell birthright’s unique one-day VBAC Your Way course will provide women and their partners with all the current evidence-based information and resources they need to maximise their chances of having a successful VBAC.

Our goal is to help women make informed decisions about how they want to give birth and to encourage an honest and respectful dialogue with their caregivers. Providing accurate information and resources about VBAC can help childbearing women and their families avoid the risks associated with caesarean section.

“…a woman labouring in a low-stress environment surrounded by care providers who are relaxed and confident of her ability to give birth, who make decisions collaboratively with her, and who help her deal with any fears and anxieties is more likely to do well in labour and progress to vaginal birth than a woman who feels she needs to be in defensive mode or who feels unsafe, doubtful, or frightened.”
~ Goer, H. & Romano, A. (2012). Optimal Care in Childbirth: The Case for a Physiologic Approach.

Our course covers the following topics:

  • VBAC: The Benefits for Mothers and Babies
  • What Is the Main Concern When Labouring for a VBAC?
  • A Closer Look at Repeat Caesareans: Benefits & Risks
  • What Are the Odds of My Having a VBAC?
  • Four Main Reasons for a First Caesarean: What You Can Do Differently This Time
  • Helpful Strategies for Labour and Birth
  • Coping With the Pain of Labour
  • Psychological and Emotional Issues
  • If I Want a VBAC, Where Can I Give Birth? Planning a Hospital VBAC
  • Planning a Home VBAC (HBAC): Is It Safe?
  • How Do You Want to Give Birth? It’s Your Decision
  • What You Can Do To Have a Safe and Satisfying Birth
  • Trust Yourself to Give Birth Safely

Where: Either MAMA Caulfield (722 Glen Huntly Rd, Caulfield) or MAMA Kensington (36 Gatehouse Drive, Kensington) Check course dates below for details.
When: 11am – 5pm
Cost: $250 per couple (mums are welcome to attend on their own, or with another support person if their partner needs to be at home with your other children)

Private VBAC education classes in the comfort of your own home can also be booked, so please contact us if you would like more information. 

2018 Course Dates:

Sunday January 28 at MAMA Caulfield REGISTER

Sunday March 11 at MAMA Kensington REGISTER

Sunday May 6 at MAMA Caulfield REGISTER

Sunday July 15 at MAMA Kensington REGISTER

Sunday September 16 at MAMA Caulfield REGISTER

Sunday November 18 at MAMA Kensington REGISTER

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