Were you blindsided by your cesarean?
Are you scared of having another surgery?
Do you struggle with banishing the “what ifs” from your mind?
Would you like someone to be straight with you?
Wading through the evidence yourself can be overwhelming and time consuming. But don't worry, if you want to plan a VBAC, I've done all the work for you.
Hi, I'm Jen Kamel. I help birthing families around the world achieve clarity on VBAC and I can help you.
But at 35 weeks, my baby wasn’t in the right position and all of a sudden, I was on the road to a surgical birth. While my cesarean was straightforward and my obstetrician was sympathetic, I felt like I was hit by a truck and handed a baby.
Before my cesarean, I was a powerful, competent, and self-sufficient professional. Afterwards, I was completely dependent on others to help me with basic functions like walking to the bathroom and feeding my baby. I was humbled by how difficult it all was.
Post-op pain, isolation, breastfeeding issues, no sleep, and my inability to ask for help perfectly primed me for post-partum depression. It took me 9 months to feel like me again.
My OB told me that I would be an excellent candidate for VBAC, so I knew that there was another option. I was committed to doing everything in my power to stack the deck in my favor so I could boost my VBAC odds. However, there was a lot I didn’t know which fed the “what ifs”.
I knew enough to realize that I didn't know what I didn't know, so what helped me reduce my unease was to learn the facts. Through that process, I was able to truly understand my options, make informed decisions, and boost my VBAC odds.
The challenge was, there was nothing out there for parents who wanted a higher level of information. Instead there was a lot of feel good stuff, but that wasn’t enough for me. And some free classes compiled information from message boards and google. I already knew the difference between a doula and a midwife. I needed the next level. So I learned how to evaluate medical research and created it myself.
Learning the facts helped me reduce my fears. I was able to make an informed decision about what was right for me and confidently tune out people who didn’t support me. The truth is, this birth is about you and what you want. There are no right or wrong decisions here. Only what is right for you.
Through my research, planning, and the whiff of luck that is always at play in birth, I was able to have a victorious VBAC and meet my sweet son.
My labor was 9 hours from start to finish. While the last 90 minutes were very intense – I like to joke that the F-bomb was my doula - I managed and achieved my goal of an unmedicated vaginal delivery.
To immediately hold my son, breastfeed him, and be fully mentally present from the moment he was introduced into the world was absolutely priceless.
Being able to eat, use the restroom, and shower shortly after delivery made me feel human.
To sleep without waking up to stabbing pain for weeks meant that while I was tired, I wasn’t so painfully exhausted.
I felt like me, with a baby, and it was an entirely new experience of motherhood. My son and I spend the first three days of his life sleeping, nursing, and relaxing. It was night and day in comparison to my cesarean.
My VBAC was very healing for me. I felt like there was nothing I couldn’t do in this world. It saddened me to think that there were pregnant people in the United States, and around the world, who were lead to believe they could only have a repeat cesarean because of fear and politics.
I saw their stories every day. I felt their pain, fear, and desperation. I couldn’t imagine being effectively forced into a cesarean. Feeling hopeless and powerless is an awful way to begin your relationship with your baby.
And yet, that is the experience of millions of women around the world. I wanted to help them in any way I could. Birthing families deserved better. They deserved the truth.
Within three years, I had created this program and was traveling the country speaking to parents and training birth professionals as a continuing education provider.
The response? People describe "The Truth About VBAC for Families" as “outstanding, easy to understand, non-judgmental, priceless, and the best resource to date.”
I've made learning the facts simple so you can understand the evidence, avoid common pitfalls and boost your VBAC odds.
You don't need to decode confusing jargon and statistics in medical studies. I’ll break it all down for you in everyday language so you understand what these studies really mean and what they don't.
In 30 bite-sized video lessons, I share every step of the process for achieving clarity on VBAC and repeat cesarean.
You’ll learn about the pros and cons on where you can have a VBAC -- whether you want an at home, birth center, or hospital birth - including the latest evidence on out of hospital VBAC.
I'll also share with you red flags to look for and specific questions to ask so you can hire a midwife or physician who is most aligned with you.
You’ll also become familiar with hospital policies, VBAC bans, and national guidelines so you can understand what the American College of OB/GYNs actually says and the real reason why hospitals ban VBAC.
And of course we dive deep into everything uterine rupture, birth options after multiple cesareans, big babies, postdates, birth intervals, single versus dual layer suturing, uterine thickness, the VBAC calculator... I cover it all.
After working directly with thousands of families as a consumer advocate, training perinatal professionals as a continuing education provider, traveling the United States speaking for over a decade, and being a VBAC mother myself, I know the questions you have and the information you need. I have been there. I get it.
This 6-hour online program is designed to answer all the questions I’ve been asked by expecting parents and growing families like yours.
And more importantly all the questions you should be asking but may not know you need to ask.
I’ve dedicated the time to gather the facts so you don’t have to wade through the information yourself guessing whether something is true or not. Enroll today and boost your odds.
“Bravo! I absolutely loved 'The Truth About VBAC' online program – I learned SO much! Jen does an amazing job of summarizing the latest evidence on VBACs and repeat Cesareans in a way that is easy to understand.
If you're worried that Jen is going to try and talk you into a VBAC– well, that's not how she does things. In this class, Jen simply presents accurate facts and lets the evidence speak for itself. Every woman and family needs to make the decision that is best for them.
In this class, Jen has created a non-judgmental environment for people who are exploring their options. I strongly recommend this class to anyone who is interested in learning about VBAC!" Read Rebecca's entire review.
- Rebecca Dekker, PhD, RN, APRN, Founder, Evidence Based Birth
"I knew I wanted a VBAC with my next pregnancy, but I wasn't sure what the risks truly were or how to find the information I needed.
I was already weary of the medical communities' motives regarding birth and I'd begun to hear rumors that VBACs were dangerous and the usual 'once a cesarean, always a cesarean.'
My husband and I attended 'The Truth About VBAC' in 2013. I was shocked at how low the risk of uterine rupture really is and found the information about accreta invaluable.
Not one doctor or midwife ever mentioned accreta or other complications that can occur after even one cesarean so I found that part of Jen's presentation eye-opening.
I took the information presented, used Jen's list of suggested questions to ask your provider to see how VBAC supportive they are, and found an OB who was super supportive of my wishes to have a unmedicated VBAC.
In March of 2015 I had my unmedicated hospital VBAC and am planning the same for my twin babies due in January 2017."
- Jill Panunto, VBAC Mom & Birth Doula
“For women exploring their options after cesarean, 'The Truth About VBAC' is a must.
VBAC is unique in that you have to understand more than just the science in order to wade through the myths and misinformation, and here is thorough, unbiased, and hard-to-find information on the subject as a whole: science, history, and politics.
I wish that every woman out there who has had a cesarean had the opportunity to get the truth about what her options are and why they may be so artificially limited.
This class has the power to change how we think about VBAC."
- Cristen Pascucci, Birth Monopoly Founder
"I just wanted to say how thankful I am for all the work you do Jen! This workshop came just at the right time in my life and gave me the resources and facts I needed to feel confident in my decision to want a VBAC. I have now had 2 VBACs and know that I probably wouldn't have without the facts and research that you shared with the workshop I attended and your website!"
- Renee Colson, Stay at home mom to four kiddos
"I'm a busy OB/GYN physician with a particular interest in ensuring that women in my region have a safe and well-publicized option for post-Cesarean hospital birthing.
Ms. Kamel has put together a presentation that is biased in only one very appropriate direction — that of fully informed patients and birth attendants.
Our patients and communities can only benefit from a more-informed discussion about C-sections and post-Cesarean birthing and we're all lucky to have someone out front with such informed passion."
- Nathan Meltzer, OB/GYN
"After attending 'The Truth About VBAC,' I knew the facts, the studies that supported the facts, and I knew how to interpret the numbers to best understand what they were saying about my risk.
When OBs heard me actually talking about "1 in xxx" instead of just percentages, they realized that I really did understand what I was asking for and were more willing to have the discussion I wanted to have.
Professionally, I am better able to point my doula clients to real evidence and help them translate the studies into information they can use to make the best birth decisions for themselves, their babies, and their whole family."
- Heather Schweich, VBAC Mom & Birth Doula
"If you haven't taken this workshop, it's absolutely worth it. I attended in San Diego, CA and it was such an amazing experience. Anyone seeking to prevent a primary cesarean or planning a VBAC birth, should learn about their options."
- Kristen Stratton, DONA Certified Birth Doula and Postpartum Doula
“This course is interesting, organized, and most importantly, evidence-based! Some of my favorite parts included the many charts, which illustrate statistics regarding cesarean section and VBAC in the United States. I'm a visual learner, and putting those numbers in perspective really made it click for me. This class would be a great fit for parents, educators, doulas, and any health professional working with mothers and babies. A fabulous educational opportunity!"
- Lindsey Rupp, CD(DONA), CLS, PCD (DONA)
"I knew that I really wanted to try for a VBAC. I also wanted to make sure that it was a wise decision. There is just so much conflicting information out there on VBAC that I was unsure what to believe and where to begin. "The Truth About VBAC for Families" helped me to clearly understand the risks involved in whatever birthing option I chose. With this information in mind, I decided to go the VBAC route and to put together a very VBAC supportive birthing team (which was a midwife group for me). The result was a natural, unmedicated VBAC with no complications what so ever! :-)"
- Allison M., Stay at Home Mom
"VBAC Facts was literally the ONLY place I could find facts and not feel guilted into a decision. I always direct my friends to VBAC Facts, because I want them to make an informed decision no matter what they choose. I did have a VBAC (with this cutie in the picture) and I was so thankful because it was MY choice to do so. So THANK YOU! "
- Lauren D., Registered Nurse
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.
You might be wondering if this course is for you.
If you want to learn the facts, absolutely.
It will save you countless hours of trying to compile all the information yourself. Wondering what is true, what is someone's wishful thinking, and what are scare tactics.
It walks you through the medical evidence and national guidelines so you can tell for yourself when someone - your provider, parent, or friend - is saying something that is just not true.
It gives you access to medical research that is not available to the public. I'll explain to you how research is conducted and how to evaluate it so you really understand what you are looking at.
This skill set is something you can use time and time again... including when your provider gives you research to back up their recommendation.
I give you a set of questions to ask your provider. And yes, you can find lists of questions all over the place. But how helpful are questions if you don't know what the "right" answer is? Not very.
By learning the evidence behind those questions, you can decide what is the right answer for you so you can actually engage in a well-informed conversation with your provider.
I help you decode the evidence on home birth and hospital birth.
What are the benefits and pitfalls of each? What is right for you? You can only know when you know the real facts, not opinions based on isolated incidents.
I'll show you the evidence on uterine rupture and big baby, going overdue, thin uterus, single vs. dual layer suturing, birth intervals, and more.
In short, you will walk away with clarity on VBAC, repeat cesarean, home birth, hospital birth, VBAC bans, and your legal rights.
You will also be able to speak intelligently with anyone about VBAC and repeat cesarean.
This will not only increase your confidence, but you will help others by sharing accurate information, gently debunking misinformation and directing them to where they can learn more.
The various parents who have taken my course have described it as priceless.
The clarity they received was immensely valuable to them.
They were no longer confused about evidence.
They no longer wondered if _______ was supported by the medical literature or national guidelines. They knew.
If you want to achieve what I just described, then "The Truth About VBAC for Families" is for you.
I'll see you inside!