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We urge you to rescind your policy change immediately and return to providing safe, evidence-based care to mothers seeking VBACs at your hospital.

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This petition is in response to your recent hospital policy change of banning all vaginal births after cesareans (VBACs) effective August 31, 2014.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists clearly states in its guidelines that “Attempting a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) is a safe and appropriate choice for most women who have had a prior cesarean delivery, including for some women who have had two previous cesareans” and goes on to conclude that most women “are candidates for and should be counseled about VBAC and offered a TOLAC.”

All women are entitled to access to choices in healthcare, whether that is a repeat cesarean or a VBAC. And these choices should not be dictated by stifling policy, but made in partnership with their physicians or midwives and based on their unique medical needs.

Women who come to Hudson Hospital to birth their children are thrilled by the care they receive. Your highly educated and compassionate nurses, doctors, midwives and hospital staff go above and beyond to provide evidence-based, supportive care for birthing mothers. It is truly devastating to the community, and especially to the 1 in 3 mothers who have cesarean births, to lose access to the integrity, partnership, and exceptional care that Hudson Hospital provides.

We urge you to rescind your policy change immediately and return to providing safe, evidence-based care to mothers seeking VBACs at your hospital.



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