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Pelvic Floor: Preventing Problems
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The pelvic floor is the collection of muscles and other tissues that supports your bladder, rectum, uterus and other internal organs. Many women experience pelvic floor problems (also called pelvic floor dysfunction) in pregnancy, around...
Description: Get a better understanding of common childbirth-associated forms of pelvic floor problems and how they can be prevented; and access resources and information from trusted partners on pelvic floor dysfunction.
Pelvic Floor Resources
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General Information Books
The Birth Partner: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and All Other Labor Companions (4th edition, 2013), by Penny Simkin, will help build knowledge and confidence for your partner, friend or fa...
Description: Access resources about preventing and treating pelvic floor problems from trusted partners.
Vision, Mission & Principles
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A high-quality, high-value maternity care system in which well-informed pregnant women receive supportive care and institutions consistently provide safe, effective, woman- and family-centered, timely, equitable and cost-ef...
Description: Learn more about our approach to maternity care and what we are doing to improve outcomes for women and babies.
VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean)
(Web Page; Fri Jun 03 16:04:00 CDT 2016)
If you have had one or more cesarean sections (C-sections), you will have to decide if you want to plan another C-section (repeat C-section) or what is commonly called a vaginal birth after cesarean section (VBAC — “vee-back&...
Description: Learn about vaginal birth after C-section (VBAC), including why it is often underused in the United States and the possible harms and benefits of VBAC and repeat cesarean; and access resources and information from trusted partners about VBAC.
Is planning a VBAC or a repeat C-section safer for me?
(Web Page; Fri Jun 03 16:06:00 CDT 2016)
Both VBAC and repeat C-section have some increased risks for mothers. However, planned vaginal birth is safer overall for you than a planned repeat C-section unless there is a clear and well-supported need for a C-section. With supportiv...
Why do I hear conflicting information about VBAC vs. repeat C-section?
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For decades, most women who had a C-section went on to plan another C-section for later pregnancies. This is because doctors were mainly concerned that the scar from the past cut in the uterus could open during labor (uterine rupture) an...
Description: Why do I hear conflicting information about VBAC vs. repeat C-section?
Why might my maternity care provider recommend a repeat C-section?
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There are a number of special situations where your care provider might recommend a C-section. It's important to note that in the situations listed below, research does not support a specific need for C-section based on risk of the previ...
Description: Why might my maternity care provider recommend a repeat C-section?
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Research makes it clear that both VBAC and repeat C-section have potential benefits and harms. As you learn about these risks and benefits, you’ll make a decision based on your values, needs and circumstances. Factors like the amou...
Description: Read about things to consider as you look at having another C-section or planning VBAC.
How can I learn more about my specific situation?
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Your care provider can provide information about your unique needs and the risks and benefits to you and your baby. He or she may recommend VBAC over repeat C-section or vice versa.
In many cases, one care provider might recommend a C-s...
Description: How can I learn more about my specific situation?
I'd like to plan a VBAC. How can I increase my chances of having one?
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If you have already had a vaginal birth (in addition to your C-section) and plan VBAC, you are more likely to give birth vaginally than a woman who has not had a vaginal birth. Your chance of having a vaginal birth also depends on choice...
Description: I'd like to plan a VBAC. How can I increase my chances of having one?