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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Episode 83 (Epilogue): Vaginal Birth After Cesarean Part II

We started the show tonight by talking to our intern, Lauren Brenzel, about her thesis research, which focused on control and empowerment in both the hospital and out-of-hospital birth setting. She shared a bit of her findings with us on air.

On tonight’s show, Laura and Carmela revisited the subject of vaginal births after Cesarean sections (or VBAC). Tonight, we delved a bit deeper into the experience of women who seek VBAC care. Our first guest tonight was Lisl Liang. Lisl is the the cofounder, President and Editor in Chief of SRQ Magazine, and the mother of two children--Griffin, her almost three year old son and Piper who celebrated her two month birthday last Friday. She is also the Chair Elect of the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce and recent keynote speaker for the Women's Leadership Council of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Sarasota County. Lisl shared both of her birth stories with us, and the learning and growing she did after her C-section with her first child, Griffin.  In particular, Lisl shared with us the lessons she learned in following her intuition and letting go of the idea of a perfectly planned birth, stating that “preconceived notions of what we want… can override instinct.” Lisl also highlighted the importance of self-advocacy, and learning to communicate needs with care providers.

Our next guest was Sharon Lytle. Sharon was introduced to midwifery in 1991 while working in a small community in Illinois. She followed in the footsteps of other local nurse by attending the University of Illinois at Chicago's midwifery program, earning a Master of Science in Maternal/Child Nursing with a Midwifery focus in 1999. Since that time, she has served women in both private practice as well as public health settings. A resident of Sarasota for two years, Sharon is happy to have recently joined Dr Sullivan, Dr Cohen, and nurse practitioners Marge Thiron, and Beth Hinkleman at Associates in Gynecology and Obstetrics. While interviewing with Dr's Sullivan and Cohen, one of the first questions on Sharon's agenda was "Do you offer VBAC?" Sharon discussed with us how individuals within her practice come to be informed about their options concerning VBAC, and also discussed issues of informed consent and active dialogue with patients on the subject of VBAC. Sharon encouraged individuals seeking VBAC care to ask lots of questions. Sharon also discussed some potential steps that could be taken in a general sense to increase VBAC numbers.

Our final guest tonight was Roanna Rosewood. Roanna is an award-winning international speaker, successful restaurateur, accomplished real estate investor, co-founder of BirthPlan Radio , executive action chair for Human Rights in Childbirth , and author of the new memoir, Cut Stapled and Mended: When one Woman Reclaimed Her Body and Gave Birth on Her Own Terms After Cesarean. She shared her motivations for writing her memoir.

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