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Preparing Vaginal Birth after Caesarean - VBAC™ Therapy

We are currently experiencing a worldwide caesarean section (c-section) epidemic. 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. The sessions aim 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 reconnect what has been cut in two and heal this experience. VBAC Therapy aims to help you regain the confidence in your ability to give birth and prepare for a positive birth experience.

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