Women deserve the autonomy to birth their babies in a physiologically normal way. Women who have been educated about the risks and benefits of surgical vs. vaginal birth have the right to choose how they give birth to their babies.
We, the undersigned, request hospital administrators reevaluate their guidelines regarding a woman's access to a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC).
Whereas, women with a previous surgical birth have a right to informed consent and informed refusal,
Whereas, the rate of complications from VBAC is comparable to that of an elected repeat cesarean section,
Whereas, the rate of cesarean sections in this country have increased from 5.5% to 32.9% since 1975,
Whereas, the maternal mortality rate in the United States has also increased from 9.2 to 12.7 per 100,000 live births since 1980,
Whereas, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) states that VBAC is a safe and reasonable option for most women, including some women with multiple previous cesareans, twins and unknown uterine scars,
Whereas, ACOG states that their previous recommendation for emergency cesarean section resources to be "immediately available" was not meant to limit access to vaginal births for women,
We are asking hospitals in the Reno area to follow the ACOG guidelines and remove VBAC restrictions so obstetricians are able to give women access to safe birth options.