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Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar are advocates of VBAC option for patients

Posted by on Dec. 14, 2009 at 9:48 AM
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http://www.examiner.com/x-25349-Chicago-Family-Examiner~y2009m12d11-Michelle-and-Jim-Bob-Duggar-are-advocates-of-VBAC-option-for-patients

In some hospitals or when working with some doctors, a woman who has given birth via cesarean section has no choice but to repeat the process. Due to liability involved with possible uterine rupture, some doctors and hospitals are getting out of the business of offering the option of attempting a vaginal birth for a woman who has had a c-section no matter the circumstances of the c-section.

Michelle Duggar who just delivered her 19th baby via emergency c-section is a strong believer in parents having the option to attempt a VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean.) On the family's official website, www.duggarfamily.com, the couple addresses the topic of how the delivery of baby #18 compared to that of baby #1. In his response, Jim Bob Dugger expresses displeasure with the decreasing number of women give the option to attempt a VBAC. Here is her response from the website:

You just gave birth your 8th daughter, how was the 18th pregnancy compared to your 1st?

"As with any first time birth experience you might have fear of the unknown. As we approach each birth there are still the concerns of the unknowns such as the labor and delivery, each one has been different but having had the experience over and over does help some. Each time we have prayed for the health of mom and baby, and asked for a healthy, easy delivery.(As much as possible when were talking about labor!) I’ve had three C-sections, one with our second birth, twins, Jana and John-David, with our 15th, Jackson and with Jordyn-Grace. All the rest have been vaginal births, 13 of which have been VBAC’s. (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean) We were hoping to have another VBAC with this last delivery.

I would say the greatest change that I have seen in the field of obstetrics, and I might add that it is very troubling to me, is the idea that once you’ve had a C-section you must have a C-section for any other pregnancy. It is much healthier for mom and baby to avoid major surgery and all the complications that go along with a C-section if possible. Granted, there are health situations that would warrant such, but for years obstetrics encouraged TOL (Trial Of Labor after previous C-section) with many successful healthy vaginal births. It was quite alarming to be told that I could no longer have a vaginal birth due to hospital or insurance companies regulations. It appears that what is best for the patient is not the priority with this decision. I feel our health care is being jeopardized by this unhealthy approach. Doctors are having to tell their patients that they no longer offer VBAC assistance due to hospital regulations and some might even state to the patient that they are not safe so as to avoid confrontation. Statistics prove much differently. For the many women that find themselves in this situation, ICAN is an organization that is very helpful in gaining more information on this topic. One of which I believe will be reversed in the near future as more women make a clear statement to health care providers and insurance companies as to how they would prefer to deliver there babies in a safer, healthier manner. (Now I will step off my soapbox!)

We are thankful our hospital allows trying a VBAC as long as they have an anesthesialogist on hand in case there is an emergency. On Thursday, December 18th we went to get Michelle checked by the doctor after Michelle had been having labor pains throughout the night. The doctor checked her and said she was dialated to about 4cm, but the baby was transverse like her brother Jackson had been.

Jordyn-Grace Makiya Duggar had to be delivered via C--section. We are thankful Jordyn-Grace is healthy and Michelle is recovering quickly."

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gypsydancer7
by on Dec. 14, 2009 at 9:50 AM

ok?


CTRedSoxMom
by on Dec. 14, 2009 at 10:08 AM

It is just a great article on the reality of safety when it comes to VBAC. Michelle Duggar is like... the VBAC poster woman...

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bablondie
by on Dec. 14, 2009 at 6:09 PM

Patients should make informed choices and not let doctors or hospitals bully them...but at least give them options.

Quoting CTRedSoxMom:

It is just a great article on the reality of safety when it comes to VBAC. Michelle Duggar is like... the VBAC poster woman...


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CTRedSoxMom
by on Dec. 14, 2009 at 6:12 PM

Unfortunately, with the mass amount of VBAC bans nationally, that isn't happening.  :(

Quoting bablondie:

Patients should make informed choices and not let doctors or hospitals bully them...but at least give them options.


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i.heart.rachel
by on Dec. 14, 2009 at 6:15 PM


Quoting CTRedSoxMom:

Unfortunately, with the mass amount of VBAC bans nationally, that isn't happening.  :(

Quoting bablondie:

Patients should make informed choices and not let doctors or hospitals bully them...but at least give them options.


Why would there be a VBAC ban?

24 year old, God loving, non-vaxing, business owning (Nellie Bug's Tutus) momma to Jenelle, Gracelynn, and Sapphire. Girlfriend to Rachel (not wife, because apparently some people are AGAINST two loving, consenting adults marrying).

CTRedSoxMom
by on Dec. 14, 2009 at 6:18 PM

Various reasons...
No doctors who will attend a VBAC, "liability" reasons, or some hospitals just claim that they are not "equipped" for VBAC because of no 24 hour anesthesia coverage, which I said is a cop out because if a hospital does not have that type of availability, they simply should not be doing births period.  VBAC's are not the ONLY cases that emergencies come up.

Quoting i.heart.rachel:

Why would there be a VBAC ban?


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Benjamin Emil 05/17/09

i.heart.rachel
by on Dec. 14, 2009 at 6:21 PM


Quoting CTRedSoxMom:

Various reasons...
No doctors who will attend a VBAC, "liability" reasons, or some hospitals just claim that they are not "equipped" for VBAC because of no 24 hour anesthesia coverage, which I said is a cop out because if a hospital does not have that type of availability, they simply should not be doing births period.  VBAC's are not the ONLY cases that emergencies come up.

Quoting i.heart.rachel:

Why would there be a VBAC ban?


Wow that is really true. Especially with how many induce.. there DEFINITELY needs to be 24 hour anesthesia coverage. That's so dumb.

24 year old, God loving, non-vaxing, business owning (Nellie Bug's Tutus) momma to Jenelle, Gracelynn, and Sapphire. Girlfriend to Rachel (not wife, because apparently some people are AGAINST two loving, consenting adults marrying).

ShadowLark
by on Dec. 14, 2009 at 6:23 PM

That is awesome!  I'm scared that I'll need a C Section this time (placenta previa, but I'm so early that it might still move) and if so, I'll never find a Hospital to VBAC in.  It's ridiculous, because I've had two healthy vaginal deliveries (and they were EASY!).  It should be a non issue!  It really sucks that "liability" might change my chance to have a million kids like I want (8, not 19 ;)).

CTRedSoxMom
by on Dec. 14, 2009 at 6:35 PM

I completely agree, but you know what, people continue to go to these hospitals, and the Doctors who staff them, so they continue to thrive, and make even more money because the repeat cesarean sections bring in money.

Quoting i.heart.rachel:

Wow that is really true. Especially with how many induce.. there DEFINITELY needs to be 24 hour anesthesia coverage. That's so dumb.


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Benjamin Emil 05/17/09

Trinity0820
by on Dec. 14, 2009 at 6:51 PM

 Um... he shouldnt be saying crap about the declining in WOMANS choice to have a second c-section, or attempt a vbac as a man... I would prefer a second c-section because I know what to expect.. but as a woman a male should not comment on how women decide to have the kids.

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