|Ten Questions for a Doctor or Certified Nurse-Midwife |
by Diana Korte
Excerpt from "The VBAC Companion: The Expectant Mother's Guide to Vaginal
Birth After Cesarean" (Harvard Common Press, 1997). Used with permission of the author.
- Approximately how many VBACs have you attended?
- Of those patients in your practice who wanted VBACS, how many were successful?
- What do you think my chances are of VBAC success, given my childbirth history?
- What is your cesarean rate?
- How do you usually manage a postdate pregnancy or a suspected CPD?
- What's a reasonable length of time for a VBAC labor if I'm healthy and my baby appears to be healthy?
- What percentage of your patients do you deliver yourself?
- How many people can I have with me during the labor and birth?
- What is your usual recommendation for IVs, Pitocin, prostaglandin gel, amniotomy, epidurals, confinement to bed, EFM (and so on)?
- How close together are your appointments?
Diana Korte is an award winning journalist and author of The VBAC Companion (Harvard Common Press, 1997) and Every Woman's Body (Ballantine, 1994), as well as the co-author of the much acclaimed A Good Birth, A Safe Birth: Choosing and Having the Childbirth Experience You Want (Harvard Common Press, 1992). She has been a La Leche League leader and is the mother of four children and three grandchildren. She's also served on local, state, and international health related boards of directors.