Cesarean Prevention and VBAC Support

Books and Online Resources

  • Cesarean Voices (an International Caesarean Awareness Network publication)
  • Wainer, Nancy, Silent Knife: Cesarean Prevention and Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC)
  • Wainer, Nancy, Open Season: A Survival Guide for Natural Childbirth and VBAC in the 90s
  • The International Caesarean Awareness Network (ICAN)
  • www.VBAC.com
  • Online support groups through ICAN and Shanon Mitchell’s Birth After Cesarean website. 

    Definition of VBAC

  • Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (this term was coined by Nancy Wainer in the early 1980s)
  • Very Beautiful And Courageous (adapted by Gloria Lemay in the 2000s) 

    by Gloria Lemay

    1 nice, well behaved woman
    1 impatient obstetrician
    ½ doula
    Minced birth plan
    2 tsp prostaglandin gel
    2 tbsp pitocin (do not use the authentic oxytocin)

    Mix together slowly, monitoring as you go along. Once pain is intolerable, add 1 generous epidural (to freeze the well behaved woman from her breasts to her toes. )  Check with an ice cube for sensation. This epidural will be helpful in the cutting process to follow.

    An external fetal monitor and contraction belt will help to move the process along. Once distress is induced in the inner cavity of the well-behaved woman, an amni hook can be used to puncture the protective lining. Some cooks prefer to insert a spiral screw into the scalp of the infant within the cavity to insure a certain outcome.

    When it comes time to insert a knife, have all gadgets and implements for removing the infant at hand. Cover well behaved woman with green cloths and screens exposing only a small strip of belly area.

    Watch the finished product carefully for several hours after completion of the cesarean section to make sure that the recipe has performed as promised.