Are you a busy birth professional who cares for women pregnant after a cesarean?
Do you believe that every pregnant person should have access to VBAC?
Are you frustrated by the amount of misinformation out there?
Hi, I'm Jen Kamel. For over a decade, I have trained perinatal professionals around the world. Now I'm creating this community so we can come together and increase VBAC access.
There is so much research out there... and so many conflicting opinions about VBAC. Everyone - from your colleagues to your clients - has a different perspective even though they all reference the very same professional guidelines and medical studies.
Sometimes this is because people are busy and come to quick conclusions based on summaries and abstracts that don't give the full picture. Other times it's because "that's the way things are done" at a specific facility or practice and policy supersedes evidence.
The end result is, 87% of American women have repeat cesareans. It is impossible in many communities for pregnant people to have a VBAC. Many are coerced into repeat cesareans. Even though ACOG says that most people with one prior cesarean are candidates for VBAC.
Surgical births are contributing to our increasing morbidity and mortality rates and - especially when mandated by hospital or provider policy - can cause tremendous emotional turmoil among new parents whose voices were ignored.
The very first step to creating change is getting the actual facts into the hands of professionals, administrators, and parents.
Together, we can share the facts, quickly debunk misinformation, and calmly guide parents to the truth. Whether they plan a VBAC or a repeat cesarean, their informed decision will be rooted in the facts, not fear.
Through this process, we can increase VBAC access one parent at a time and even reverse hospital VBAC bans.
VBAC Facts online continuing education trainings so you can easily get up to speed on the evidence (nursing contact hours available which are accepted by all nursing boards in the United States as well as many doula, childbirth education, and midwifery organizations and the midwifery Bridge Certificate)
VBAC Facts PDF patient handouts so you can quickly get the facts into the hands of your clients and save your appointments with them for deeper discussion
Monthly Grand Rounds featuring an in-depth review of recently published research so you can effortlessly incorporate new evidence into your practice and speak intelligently about the facts with clients and colleagues
Monthly Expert Interview Series featuring midwives, physicians, nurses, doulas, attorneys, and other experts, discussing topics relevant to maternity care as a whole
Community Forum where you can collaborate, exchange ideas, and receive support from like-minded birth professionals who also value increasing VBAC access
"As an MFM and a physician scientist, I need to know the ins and outs of the data and I don't have time for fluff. I have heard Jen present before and it's impressive how she dissects the relevant studies and analyzes their quality according to methodology, sample size, confounders, etc.
Prior cesarean is such a commonly encountered issue these days and yet I have discovered large knowledge gaps among many OB providers in my community regarding VBAC. I can't help but wonder to myself how dramatically our maternity care system might improve if all OBs understood the topic of VBAC as well as Jen does."
- Emiliano Chavira, MD, MPH, FACOG
"'The Truth About VBAC for Professionals' helped me to be more knowledgeable with providing my patients with truly informed consent. I also carried a few misconceptions and the training helped me view things differently."
- Anna Nellikappallil, Certified Nurse-Midwife
"I wanted to increase my VBAC knowledge and understand the true risks, not what I learned as a registered nurse or other information handed down from nurses on the unit. At 'The Truth About VBAC for Professionals,' I learned what the research shows and now feel armed with real knowledge."
- Allison Cado, Registered Nurse
"I was feeling helpless in supporting clients with unsupportive providers. I felt they should have the power and information to refuse primary and repeat cesareans, but I was unable to provide solid information. With the VBAC Facts patient handouts and the information provided in 'The Truth About VBAC for Professionals,' I feel I can better empower them (any myself!!)"
- Becca Anderson, Doula, Student Midwife
"I am an owner/administrator/midwife at a birth center in Colorado. We recently have changed our regs to include VBACs in birth centers. Home birth midwives were already doing them fairly frequently. I attended 'The Truth About VBAC for Professionals' because I needed to arm myself with the facts so that when I am challenged (which I know I will be) I can give the facts and defend my position."
- Patty Kandiko, CNM, Birth Center Owner/Certified Nurse Midwife
"I had no knowledge, except horror stories, associated with VBACs. Now that I have attended 'The Truth About VBAC for Professionals,' I am able to inform my clients about their choices so that they can make the right decisions for them and their families. Thank you Jen for being an advocate for change!"
- Bernadette Carrillo, Massage Therapist, Birth & Postpartum Doula
"I provide monitrice care and many of my clients are planning VBACs. I wanted to become more educated on statistics and outcomes so I could educate my clients and provide them with the best informed consent of their options. Plus, I wanted to labor with my clients as safely as possible. After attending 'The Truth About VBAC for Professionals,' I am leaving with all that information!"
- April Oglesby, Registered Nurse
"I am currently working at a pregnancy resource center and a lot of the women who come to us have had a primary cesarean. 'The Truth About VBAC for Professionals' has equipped me with factual information that I can now provide to my clients. Thank you!!"
- Chantell Quiroz, Nursing Student/Doula
"I have always been a VBAC supporter and generally knew the risks/benefits of VBAC vs. ERCS, but seeing the percentages spelled out from all the data made a big impact on how I can address information with my clients and community."
- Sara Sanchez, Licensed and Certified Professional Midwife
As a nationally recognized consumer advocate and Founder of VBAC Facts, Jen Kamel helps birth professionals, and cesarean parents, achieve clarity on vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) through her educational courses, training programs, and consulting services. She speaks at conferences across the country, presents Grand Rounds at hospitals, advises advocates seeking legislative change in their state, and serves as a expert witness in legal proceedings. She envisions a time when every pregnant person seeking VBAC has access to unbiased information, respectful providers, and community support, so they can plan the birth of their choosing in the setting they desire.