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Where can I view location specific VBAC laws?

Posted by on Jul. 13, 2012 at 2:55 PM
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I'm in Washington state and am having a difficult time finding information on the laws by state. I am hearing many different things from different people about what is required while pregnant and while in labor and it's all very contradictory.  Anyone know of any resource?

I just want as much knowledge as i can get, as early as possible, so that by the end of the pregnancy, I am confident in what I do.

I have my first appointment, a nurse educator visit next Thursday, then I have to see my OB two to four weeks after that just to request to be seen by a midwife then four weeks later I can see my midwife. So I can't get any real information from them for a while.



by on Jul. 13, 2012 at 2:55 PM
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toopicky429
by on Jul. 13, 2012 at 3:46 PM
I might be ignorant, but I didn't know there were laws regarding VBAC. I have always thought it was physician/facility policies that dictated who could have a VBAC.
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Nee86
by Bronze Member on Jul. 13, 2012 at 4:30 PM
Try looking up any free standing birth centers. The ones I found in my state put right in their web site what would risk you out of their facility and usually it's because of laws (such twins, breech presentation, high bp, over 42 weeks, ect)
TrentsMom84
by Silver Member on Jul. 13, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Find a local ICAN group to find VBAC friendly doctors/midwives.  As far as I know the ACOG rules govern the hospital and professional but not the mother and the only rules are that the doctor must be on campus during the VBAC the whole mom is at the hospital and they need to have an anesthesiologist and OR available in case of rupture.  There are a few birth professionals who can't practice because their malpractice insurance won't cover attending VBACs.

http://ican-online.org/chapter/search

truealaskanmom
by on Jul. 13, 2012 at 8:39 PM

There aren't really laws about VBAC except which providers can attend them, anything else you are hearing is incorrect. 

catholicmamamia
by on Jul. 13, 2012 at 9:12 PM

Quoting TrentsMom84: Find a local ICAN group to find VBAC friendly doctors/midwives.  As far as I know the ACOG rules govern the hospital and professional but not the mother and the only rules are that the doctor must be on campus during the VBAC the whole mom is at the hospital and they need to have an anesthesiologist and OR available in case of rupture.  There are a few birth professionals who can't practice because their malpractice insurance won't cover attending VBACs.  http://ican-online.org/chapter/search

 



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Mrs.Salz
by Platinum Member on Jul. 13, 2012 at 11:04 PM

Check with your ICAN group as others mentioned.

DoulaGinny
by on Jul. 14, 2012 at 9:30 AM

This is the leading site on VBAC info and the lady who runs it has devoted her life to this cause.  She is great to talk to.  There is a group on Facebook also.  The website is: http://vbacfacts.com/quick-facts/  

The facebook group is: http://www.facebook.com/groups/vbacfactscommunity/

Good Luck!

~Gin

~Labor Doula & Childbirth Educator
Doula Ginny's Birth Svcs  www.DoulaGinnysBirthSvcs.com 
DoulaGinnyMills@gmail.com     731-499-7268     
Serving Jackson, TN & Surrounding West TN -Including Memphis

PEEK05
by on Jul. 14, 2012 at 9:42 AM

Thanks ladies.

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