August 26, 2010

Quick Hit: American College of Nurse-Midwives Responds to ACOG’s VBAC Recommendations

The American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) issued a press release [PDF] today responding to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ (ACOG) recently revised recommendation on vaginal birth after cesarean. The ACNM calls  for “concerted efforts to expand access to vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) in the U.S.” (for background, see our previous post).

The ACNM release is accompanied by a more complete statement [PDF] that reviews the ACOG recommendation and outlines ACNM’s response. It includes a discussion of how the ACOG’s specific recommendation that VBAC be undertaken at “facilities capable of emergency deliveries” may continue to limit women’s ability to choose VBAC.

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