ONLINE HBAC COURSE
(Home Birth After Caesarean)
The HBAC course consists of a pre-recorded webinar, and lots of useful links to research and documents, and interesting articles.
It is hosted by an online course platform, Thinkific.
I have collected together some of the useful bits of information and research for women considering birth after caesarean. It is a work in progress. Please get in touch if you want anything else.
(home birth after caesarean)
Be informed. Be confident.
Planning a home birth after a previous caesarean is a sensible choice. It puts you in the best position for all to go well. Research says the best outcome is when planned vbac results in vbac. Women who plan to vbac at home increase their chance of getting their vbac (80% vs 56%) according to this recent UK study. There is a higher chance of transfer but planning to give birth at home is what makes the difference, not where you end up. In the study there was no increase in problems for the baby, in fact the percentage of babies admitted to special care was the same for home or hospital births. The study did not look at birth in a midwife led unit.
With this self paced e-course you can gain understanding about:
chance of rupture, and types of 'rupture'
what the guidelines from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, and the research behind them (if any).
how to arrange a home birth
how to arrange birth at a midwife led unit/birth centre
There are lots of useful links and documents to read and download too.
updated research and guidelines
info on induction and vbac
hbac birth plan template
I offer this course at a low cost as I feel that women planning vbacs are really poorly served when it comes to being able to make informed decisions.
"I've just watched your HBAC workshop online and wanted to thank you for the most invaluable resource I have found so far.
My husband and I feel filled with confidence that we've made the right decision re. a home birth. And I also feel happy with a potential change of plan if necessary as I understand the stats. Thank you again for providing this - it's incredible."
Where do I sign up?
The HBAC e-course is hosted on e-course platform Thinkific.
Cost is just £9
I have kept the cost low because I feel people planning hbac are so poorly served by the information out there.
About half of my doula clients were planning vbac, and all bar two had amazing home births.
I’ve just finished watching your HBAC presentation and had to msg to say a HUGE thank you! I’m 26weeks pregnant, 41yo and I know in my gut & heart I’m growing a beautiful, healthy baby boy who I can birth beautifully at home. But I needed your presentation to help others around me see that it is what’s best for me and bubba. My OH has the fear in him following a consultant appointment and I KNEW that although she meant well, she was only giving us a limited perspective. I now feel so empowered to discuss my choices with my midwife and the consultant (I am going to the next appointment as I requested my previous birth notes). I already have a Doula booked and she is amazing and fully supportive of my choices.
It was so hard to have my voice heard during my first birth and it was so traumatic, so I am very grateful for this opportunity to reclaim my power. Thank you deeply for the work you do, it is so important.
“I did your hbac course online! I just wanted to thank you so much!! I transferred into hospital as I personally struggled with pain but had the most beautiful vbac with an epidural. Jumped up onto my knees for guided pushing and only 2 stitches. I had the most incredible and healing experience. Thank you so so much.”