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  • 00:31

    #29: Why You May Want to Consider a VBAC with Christy Cortez

    in LGBT

    A C-section is a birthing intervention that has saved countless lives, both mothers and babies.  However, C-section rates have gotten so high in the U.S. that many groups are calling for a reduction.  The World Health Organization estimates that that the C-section rate should not be higher than 10-15% for optimal health outcomes, though the U.S. has a national C-section rate of over 30%, with some birthing hospitals at 40-50%. 

    The death rate is more than three times higher in mothers who undergo C-sections than in those who deliver vaginally, according to the new report, issued by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine. The risks to women increase sharply with each additional C-section, says study co-author Aaron Caughey, a professor at Oregon Health and Science University.  (Source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/02/19/reducing-cesarean-sections/5608139/).

    Often, once a woman has received one C-section, she continues to birth this way for subsequent births, though many times a vaginal birth after C-section, or VBAC, is an option.  Tune in to hear Christy Cortez share why you may want to consider a VBAC for the health of your baby as well as your own.

  • 00:56

    VBACS and The VBAC Summit with Tamara Tait

    in Family

    My guest tonight is Tamara Tait. We will be talking about VBACS and the VBAC Summit and what you need to know about your choices and rights. 
    Trained as a midwife and marriage and family therapist Tamara has a varied background in women’s reproductive health activism and has been working in maternal, infant and child health for the last seven years. Tamara has a deep interest in the sustainability of the midwifery profession and politics as it relates to birth. Currently pursuing a Phd in Family Therapy, her research interests focus on exploring mental health issues that are pervasive during the childbearing year particularly the experience of postpartum depression, post traumatic stress associated with birth and perinatal bereavement. Tamara serves as the Southeast representative on the board of the Midwives Alliance of North America, is the current president of Florida Friends of Midwives, founder of The Monarch Collective and the owner of The Gathering Place in Miami, Florida.

  • 01:00

    Cesarean and VBAC Stories

    in Moms and Family

    Sharing of stories by cesarean and VBAC mothers.

  • 00:30

    VBAC Bans with Barbara Stratton

    in Moms and Family

    Join Danielle and the International Cesarean Awareness Network's VBAC Ban chair Barbara Stratton to discuss the current VBAC bans nationwide in celebration of Cesarean Awareness Month.

  • 00:45

    The VBAC Heard Round the World

    in Blogs

    Join the Momotics Radio show in talking to Joy Szabo, who made national news fighting a VBAC ban at her local hospital.

  • 00:45

    NIH VBAC Conference - Day 2

    in Moms and Family

    TFB recaps Day 2 of the National Institute of Health's conference on Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC) with special guest, Susan M. Jenkins, J.D., legal counsel for The Big Push for Midwives.


  • 00:45

    NIH VBAC Conference - Day 1

    in Moms and Family

    TFB recaps Day 1 of the National Institute of Health's conference on Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC) with special guests Debra Bingham, DrPH, RH, LCCE & President-Elect for Lamaze International, and Amy Romano, MSN, CNM, who runs the Science & Sensibility blog for Lamaze International.

  • 00:32

    A VBAC After Plancental Abruption & Vertical Scar

    in Moms and Family

    Bronwyn, an LDS mother of 4 children, converses with host, Susan Fierro-Baig, about the placental abruption she experienced during her third pregnancy, the emergency cesarean section that followed, the emotional trauma that ensued, and how she overcame the trauma through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Bronwyn also shares her victory over the vertical scar which makes a VBAC even more challenging and her son's miraculous recovery after being born premature at 26 weeks.

  • 00:47

    Supporting & Celebrating New Moms

    in Parents

    Join Sara Bingham, WeeHands Founder and author of The Baby Signing Book, each week as she shares parenting tips, language development strategies, and the joys of connecting with your baby, toddler and/or preschool child.

    Since 2001, WeeHands has been an industry-leading children's sign language and language development program delivered through interactive, fun classes, as well as a line of tailored products. In 2014, WeeHands became part of Morneau Shepell’s Children's Support Solutions, an organization that provides health-centered and educational services to children with differences to help them reach their potential.

    This week, Sara will chat with Juliea Paige, co-founder of Crowning Lotus Doula Services, about labour support, doulas and connecting with your community.  The Crowning Lotus mission is to help parents enjoy and celebrate their journey into parenthood by providing complete physical, emotional and educational support to pre and postnatal women.

  • 00:46

    Joanna Willis Describes Her Super Powers

    in Education

    Joanna Willis, Wife, Mother of 3 and Breastfeeding Enthusiast
    Join us and hear her story of breastfeeding, working full time while exclusively breastfeeding, breastfeeding while pregnant and successfully having 2 VBACs. 

    If you ever wanted to know how to work, raise more than one young child while still exclusively breastfeeding. Now is the time to tune in. 

    She is a Mother, a Wife, a friend, a milk donor and a strong woman. 

  • 00:12

    The Legal Show the A.B.C.s of Childbirth

    in Legal

    Attorney Sarah Steele and writer Bennet Pomerantz discuss the subjects of the day. 

    The audience should know that although Ms. Steele is a licensed attorney, she is not offering legal advice in any capacity, is not establishing an attorney/client relationship with anyone listening to the show, and recommends that any listener of the show consult a local attorney for any legal advice they may require.

    This show is about us discussing hot topics and how they relate to the law.
    Tonight we discuss the business of childbirth.  A woman is suing a New York hospital, claiming she was given a cesarean section against her will. Her first two children were delivered by C-section and resulted in difficult recoveries. So in 2011, she was determined to have her next baby naturally, through a procedure called "vaginal birth after cesarean," or VBAC. It carries risk but can be performed successfully. After several hours of labor, the mother’s doctor pushed back and forced her into having a third C-section. Dray is suing the hospital and doctors, claiming negligence, malpractice and lack of informed consent.  Joint Bennet and Sarah as they discuss the business of medicine and what we as patients can do to keep our rights in place while we keep our health intact.