The VBAC Education Project [online resource] - Planning for childbirth

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Most women can have a safe VBAC, a vaginal birth after a cesarean. This website provides childbearing women and their families with evidence-based information, resources, and support for VBAC and cesarean prevention.

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If you had a baby by cesarean, you have a choice about how you want to give birth this time. It’s your decision.

The VBAC Education Project offers FREE educational content to help you decide.

 Deciding if A VBAC Is Right for You: A Parent’s Guide

This slide-set is divided into 14 modules. You can read all the modules or just the ones you are most interested in. This evidence-based guide provides comprehensive information on VBAC, a safe option to a routine repeat cesarean. It includes information on how to increase your odds for a VBAC and how to find a supportive caregiver and place of birth. It also helps you understand why you may have had a cesarean and how you can do things differently this time. Here is the information that you will find in the slide-set.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction Module 1 VBAC: The Benefits for Mothers and Babies
  • Module 2 What Is the Main Concern When Laboring for a VBAC?
  • Module 3 A Closer Look at Repeat Cesareans: Benefits & Risks (revised 6/16)
  • Module 4 What Are the Odds of My Having a VBAC?
  • Module 5 Four Main Reasons for a First Cesarean: What You Can Do Differently This Time
  • Module 6 Helpful Strategies 
 for Labor and Birth
  • Module 7 Coping With the 
Pain of Labor
  • Module 8 Psychological and Emotional Issues
  • Module 9 If I Want a VBAC, Where Can I Give Birth? Planning a Hospital VBAC
  • Module 10 Planning a Birth Center VBAC (revised 8/15)
  • Module 11 Planning a Home 
VBAC (HBAC): Is It Safe?
  • Module 12 How Do You Want 
to Give Birth? It’s 
 Your Decision
  • Module 13 What You Can Do To Have a Safe and Satisfying Birth
  • Module 14 Trust Yourself to 
 Give Birth Safely

The e-book, Resources for VBAC & Physiologic Birth, helps expand your knowledge about VBAC and physiologic (normal) birth. Respecting the process of normal birth and introducing interventions only when necessary increases the chances of having a safe vaginal birth.

The e-book, Educational Handouts for Parents, helps you to think about what you want for your birth and to discuss the issues that are important to you with your caregiver. It gives you the tools you need to make informed decisions and increases your chances of having a safe and satisfying birth.

All resources can be accessed free of charge.

Our team


Nicette Jukelevics, MA, ICCE is an independent consultant, childbirth educator, researcher, speaker, and author of Understanding the Dangers of Cesarean Birth: Making Informed Decisions. and the VBAC Education Project, an evidence-based on-line teaching tool for parents and perinatal professionals. In collaboration with the International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA) and the International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN) the Project is freely available for download across the globe. Nicette founded in 1998, the first evidence-based, online resource on the subject. Recently, Nicette served on the Advisory Committee for the Toolkit To Support Vaginal Birth and Reduce Primary Cesareans, a project of the California Maternal Quality Care CollaborativeIntro.key.

For over 30 years Nicette had the privilege of helping thousands of expectant families to prepare for childbirth, VBAC and early parenting. She has presented on cesarean and VBAC issues at national conferences and for advanced doula trainings across the U.S. With co-author, Henci Goer, Nicette published The Risks of Cesarean Section: A CIMS Fact Sheet, endorsed by 19 organizations.

Nicette is past chair of Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS). She also served on the Board of the International Childbirth Education Association and DONA International.

Nicette is proud to have received the 2013 CIMS Advocate Award for her commitment to spreading awareness of Mother-Friendly care through direct communication and outreach and the 2015 Doris Haire Lifetime Achievement Award from ICEA. She continues to advocate for woman-centered , evidence-based, safer childbirth.


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