AROUND BIRTH

women's health worldwide

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VBAC Practitioner™ Course

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Course Content

We are currently experiencing a worldwide caesarean section epidemic. This course aims to contribute to stem this epidemic. The course aims to equip you with approaches and techniques to help a pregnant woman who has experienced a c-section in her previous birth to prepare for vaginal delivery after caesarean (VBAC) in a subsequent one.


WHO recommends that no more than 5-15% of birthing women should have a c-section. Curiously the actual proportion of women receiving this type of obstetric intervention is 25% in UK, 29.1% in US and as much as 90% in the private sector in Brazil.


How can it be that c-section rates are so high? The simple answer is that many c-sections are potentially unnecessary and thus avoidable if the woman is given adequate preparation, care and support. Research by Public Health Professor Ruairi Brugha and Susanne Pritze-Aliassime revealed the high incidence of c-section rates (70–90%) reported for private hospitals in Brazil, were attributable to doctor-induced “demand”. They go on to say: "Other factors probably contribute to 'doctor-induced oversupply', such as a (incorrect) belief that C-sections are safe and constitute better care".


C-sections are life-saving events and are a blessing where necessary. This course aims to help prevent the unnecessary portion of C-sections. Women who have suffered an avoidable c-section know and feel this. They feel taken advantage of, let down, abused, and worse. Strong words are used to describe their birth experience. Many women may feel so traumatised by the event that they don’t ‘attempt’ another pregnancy and birth for fear of suffering the same again.


We can do much to heal this experience, to reconnect what has been cut in two to help her regain the confidence in her ability to give birth.