Archive for the ‘Reproductive Rights’ Category

A Victory for VBAC: ACOG revises its position

July 22, 2010

Advocates of women’s rights and maternity care activists are celebrating today as The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) announces its revised position on Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC).  After a longstanding position designed to bar women from attempting a vaginal birth after a cesarean delivery (a position that has contributed to rising rates of cesarean delivery in our country), a recent press release from ACOG says:

“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.”

ACOG’s recommendations are now better aligned with the evidence supporting the safety of a “trial of labor” after a prior cesarean section, and also encourage autonomy for women in their maternity care decisions. One of the authors of the new guidelines, Dr. Grobman, says:

“Rather than provide a directive of ‘you can’ or ‘you can’t’ do this, doctors need to provide information about the potential risks and successes and let women have autonomy to make their own decision.”

At Choices in Childbirth, we are pleased that ACOG has taken this step toward expanding access to the entire range of maternity care choices for women and their families.

To read more about the history and implications of the revised VBAC policy, see the US News article the RH Reality Check story.

See what Lamaze and the International Cesarean Awareness Netowrk are saying about this topic.


Good News – MMA Update

June 7, 2010

Consumer support for the Midwifery Modernization Act (MMA) has been overwhelming – Lawmakers in Albany have heard you and are now ready to take action and protect your right to access quality midwifery care!   The heads of the Higher Education Committee of both the Senate and the Assembly have decided to bring the MMA bill to a committee vote this week!

While this is a major step forward, we’re not across the finish line yet.  If the bill passes in both of the Higher Ed committees then it will be brought to the Assembly and Senate for a full vote.  We are hopeful that this will happen before the current legislative session closes at the end of this month!

Constituents like you have been so instrumental in moving this bill forward.  We need you to help keep the momentum going.  If you support the MMA, you can help!

To find out how, visit:

NY Birth Community Update

June 1, 2010

Birth activists from around the state continue to build momentum for the passage of the Midwifery Modernization Act – a crucial piece of legislation that would protect the ability of midwives to practice and protect women’s access to midwifery care.

You can make a world of difference to women all across the state who want access to the quality care that a midwife provides. Here’s how:

Our sister organizations and birth activists leading this legislative effort are asking all midwifery supporters to act now! Please see the message below:

THE BIG PUSH – passing the midwifery modernization act now!

You have made a huge difference and the momentum has continued to build. We are at a crucial moment, the legislative session will be ending shortly and we need this bill passed before it does. We know that we have been asking quite a bit lately and we are so appreciative for all the support you have already shown. But please do not stop now when we have come so far! Keep the momentum going and give just a quick call and /or email to tell your representative we need the MMA passed NOW.

All the information you need is in the link below:

For more information about the MMA:

– NYSALM fact sheet –
– Free Our Midwives –
– Petition in support of the Midwifery Modernization Act –