Resources

Library: We have a large collection of books related to pregnancy, birth, cesarean, VBAC and women’s health. Click here to peruse our list. Books can be borrowed by emailing us and/or coming to a support meeting.

Twin Cities VBAC Classes

The VBAC Class
Roots Community Birth Center, Movement Studio
$100 for mother and support person
February 20th, 2016 9:00-1:00
http://www.empoweredbirthmn.com/vbac-class.html
http://www.peacefulbeginningsmn.com/the-vbac-class.html

Did you have a previous cesarean or multiple cesareans, and are now trying to decide if a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) or a RCS (repeat cesarean) is the right choice for you and your family? Then this class is for you! Join Katie Champ and Jessica Anderson, both cesarean moms and birth doulas that have created this one day intensive course to help you and your partner decide which one is best for you.

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The Blooma VBAC Class
Blooma Minneapolis
$115 for mother and support person
March 24th, 2016 6:15-9:15
June 16th, 2016 6:15-9:15
August 4th, 2016 6:15-9:15
November 3rd, 2016 6:15-9:15
http://www.blooma.com/childbirth-education/cbe-schedule/

Did you know the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists now recommends Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC) for most women, even those with two prior cesareans and those expecting twins? Are you pregnant again and wondering whether a VBAC could be a good fit for you?
In this efficient three hour course you’ll leave inspired, empowered, and educated about VBACs! This class can be taken any time in pregnancy, and is taught by a Blooma Educator, therapist, and doula with years of VBAC experience.
WHAT WE’LL COVER
  • Learn how to find a provider who is truly VBAC-supportive, and what red flags to look for in a provider and birth place
  • Break down the term “risk” as it pertains to VBAC and talk about the real numbers and research
  • Practice ways to deal with friends, family members, or strangers who may be unsupportive
  • Address common “emotional roadblocks” that VBAC families often face
  • Common interventions in a VBAC labor
  • What a typical vaginal labor looks and feels like
  • Breathing exercises, visualizations, and affirmations that may be helpful for preparation, relaxation, and releasing fears

Build your confidence, reduce your fear, and leave confident in making the best choice for your unique situation.

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Enlightened VBAC
Enlightened Mama
$150 for mother and labor support person
March 3rd and 10th, 2016 6:00-9:00
May 5th and 12th, 2016 6:00-9:00
July 7th and 14th, 2016 6:00-9:00
https://enlightenedmama.frontdeskhq.com/courses/40378

VBAC–it’s possible and it’s recommended! Recently the National Institute for Health released a statement encouraging most women to attempt a vaginal birth after previous Cesarean birth, also known as VBAC. Learn ways to improve your chances of having a successful VBAC and special considerations for your birth. We’ll provide a safe space for you and your partner to share your previous cesarean story, review the labor and birth process, and practice some hands-on comfort techniques to increase your confidence for your upcoming birth. Fee: $150, includes mama and labor support person

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VBAC Workshop
Amma Parenting Center
March 17th, 2016 6:30-7:30
$15 per person
http://ammaparentingcenter.com/free-events-workshops/#!

Have you had a previous cesarean and are exploring whether a VBAC is right for you? Please join us for an evening of information and conversation with Dr. Mary Dahling, OB/GYN from John A. Haugen Associates.  Dr Dahling, an Amma Mama herself, has had many years of experience helping families with the decision of whether to try a VBAC, and teaching them how to increase their odds of vaginal birth. This workshop will give you the opportunity to ask questions and explore the topic of VBAC in a safe and supportive environment. You will learn about current research and practice related to VBAC, as well as how you can increase your chances of success.

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Vaginal Birth After Cesarean Class
Allina Health – Located at Mercy in Coon Rapids and St. Francis in Shakopee
March 8th, 2016 6:30-8:00
May 2nd, 2016 6:30-8:00
August 1st, 2016 6:30-8:00
November 7th, 2016 6:30-8:00
$15 per person
http://wellness.allinahealth.org/events/results

VBAC – is it right for you?

This class is designed for the woman and her partner who have had a previous Cesarean birth and are considering a vaginal birth with this pregnancy.

Topics include:
• exploring individual needs when preparing for VBAC
• benefits and risks
• unique medical care.

This class should be taken in addition to Refresher Birth and Parenting Preparation during the second trimester of your pregnancy.