Des Moines, IA – In Iowa, roughly one-third of all babies are born through Cesarean surgery. Experts say that number could be reduced if doctors would allow women to have a vaginal birth after they’ve had C-sections. More and more expectant mothers are traveling to University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics in Iowa City to give birth, because no other facilities will do a vaginal birth after C-section, also called a “V-Bac.”
Dana Ericson is a Certified Nurse Midwife in Des Moines who says the latest guidelines require doctors to be present during labor. As a result, most hospitals have opted out of providing that care.
“They don’t want to be sitting on the labor and delivery unit waiting, and they also cannot figure out a way to get paid for that waiting period.”
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This is just sad. We live in Des Moines! Not Podunk City. But yet many women have had to travel to Iowa City, Kansas City, or other locations in order to attempt a VBAC, because so few doctors here will even consider VBAC. Those that do often have long lists of reasons to refuse a VBAC at the last minute – baby’s too small, baby’s too big, you’re past 41 weeks, etc.