Has it really been 2 weeks since I've posted? Goodness, that went by fast! I've actually been in Idaho (or traveling there and back) since the 13th, so that explains at least some of it. I'll do a big catch up post soon, I promise (and I also promise I'll get around to it quicker then I did last time), but in the meantime, I thought I'd share some exciting news...
no. it's not *that* news.
As a 1-time C-section and 2-time VBAC mommy, it's big news that The American Congress of Obstetrician and Gynecologists has just released new, less restrictive guidelines for VBACs (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean). The guidelines direct doctors to allow and even encourage previous C-sections mothers (including those who have had 2 previous c-sections or are pregnant with twins) to seriously consider a trial of labor (in the hopes of having a VBAC). The guidelines remind doctors in strong wording that VBACs are a very safe option, stating that "A VBAC avoids major abdominal surgery, lowers a woman's risk of hemorrhage and infection, and shortens postpartum recovery. It may also help women avoid the possible future risks of having multiple cessareans such as hysterectomy, bowel and bladder injury, transfusion, infection, and abnormal placenta conditions (placenta previa and placenta accreta)." While I don't know if it'll change much when it comes to VBAC bans in hospitals (something I had to deal with for Georgia's and Scarlett's births), I do think it's a definite step in the right direction.
Read more about it here and here.