Birth Center VBAC Ban in Florida

Laura Gilkey of Born in Sarasota sends word of pressing VBAC news in Forida:

On Wednesday, March 24th, the State of Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration will move to permanently ban Vaginal Birth after Cesarean (VBAC) in Florida birth centers. Currently, women who choose to give birth normally after surgery must do so in a hospital that will allow it, which encompasses only half of those in the state, or at home with a Licensed Midwife and physician consult sign-off. VBAC’s are currently not permitted in birth centers, but only because of a ‘de facto ban’ due to outdated language in the regulations. After a request that the language be updated to include legalized VBAC’s at birth centers with Licensed Midwives and physician consultation, the State used the opening to move to make VBAC’s illegal in state licensed birth facilities.

For more information and how you can help, visit the Born in Sarasota blog.

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