A mom has a VBAC at home. Shocking to those not in the birth world. Excellent that this story has started the conversation that it has! Yes, women should be able to attempt VBACs "in facilities with staff immediately available to provide emergency care," as the ACOG suggests, but unfortunately doctors will not agree to even allow women to attempt it. And so they turn to other options.
(Bonus: the doula in this article is the woman I shadowed when I first became a doula!)
Another highly talked-about article worth reading, all about how people are discovering that Kangaroo Care is the BEST: The Human Incubator
"Sometimes, the best way to progress isn’t to advance — to step up with more money, more technology, more modernity. It’s to retreat."
"Kangaroo care, however, is modern medical care, by which I mean that its effectiveness is proven in randomized controlled trials — the strongest kind of evidence. And because it is powered by the human body alone, it is theoretically available to hundreds of millions of mothers who would otherwise have no hope of saving their babies."
Should Black Women Feel Guilty for Not Breastfeeding? on Blacktating
"Until we can change the circumstances for working class moms, how can we expect to convince them to breastfeed? Isn't energy better spent securing real paid maternity leave for women and laws to protect a woman's right to express milk at work, even at blue collar jobs?...When it comes to the working poor there is not even the guise of an even playing field. How do we expect breastfeeding rates to change when the life circumstances for these moms is still the same?"