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Need local VBAC/HBAC resources--Carrboro

post #1 of 15
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I recently moved to Carrboro and I'm about 6 weeks pregnant with #2. I had a horrible experience with my midwife during my daughter's birth almost two years ago. I attempted a birth center birth and ended up with a c-section. I am really anxious to find a supportive care provider this time who will help me VBAC or HBAC. Also, finances are really tight right now and I will probably end up using medicaid so if anyone had a good experience with a provider that accepts medicaid I would love to know about it. Thanks!
post #2 of 15

Ican

I am not in your area, but I would recommend getting connected with your local ICAN (International Cesarean Awareness Network)
Here is their link:
http://www.ican-online.org/

I think...but am not sure so you may want to check too that your closest chapter is in Raleigh. If this is the case here is the contact information....

ICAN of Raleigh
Raleigh

Contact: Kandi Dole
eMail Address: krdole@yahoo.com
Telephone: (919) 466-9804

Peace!
post #3 of 15
I think by far the most VBAC friendly practice you will find in this area is UNC Family Practice and UNC Hospital for delivery - they have a number of "policies" (like continuous fetal monitoring for VBACs) in place, but they are pretty good about respecting you if you say no. The midwife at UNC Family Practice, Ami Goldstein, has a pretty good VBAC reputation. The doctors with the practice are pretty good to. I heard their VBAC rate is 80%, and know of a number of women who have had successful VBACs with that practice and were very pleased with their care.
The birth center in Chapel Hill is not an option, they don't accept VBACs.
Regarding homebirth, there is a midwife in Garner who has done a lot of VBACs (I personally know of 5 women who have had homebirth VBACs with her), but because of NC laws, she is not legally recognized by the state right now. If you wanted to talk with her I'm sure someone could pm you her contact info. There is also a CNM, Nancy Harman, who does homebirths in the area. You might want to give her a call too and find out how much, if any, Medicaid would cover.
Good luck.
post #4 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thank you for your responses! I contacted ICAN and haven't heard back, but I did get connected to a couple of HB MWs through the NC Homebirth website. If anyone can PM me with contact info for the midwife in Garner who has VBAC experience I would really appreciate it!
post #5 of 15
nancy takes medicaid.

i work for the garner midwife as her assistant. you can PM me or e-mail me if you want specifics. we just reviewed her statistics and she had a 100% HBAC success rate last year! that means everyone that attempted a HBAC had one.
post #6 of 15
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Originally Posted by TCA2008 View Post
The birth center in Chapel Hill is not an option, they don't accept VBACs.
I think they actually don't accept VBACs for women who weren't under their care for their earlier C-section. So I think that they do offer care for a small number of VBACs for women who were under their care for a previous pregnancy, and had to transfer for a C-section, but the OP probably wouldn't qualify unfortunately.

I have heard great things about all the other options mentioned. Hope you find someone you click with.
post #7 of 15
i had a TWIN VBAC at duke (10/07) under the care of the CNMs in the high-risk OB group. they're surprisingly open to doing what you want (within reason). there were some compromises, but i was overall very pleased with the outcome.

my boys were 35 wks, 5.9 & 5.4 lbs. went to full-term nursery and only stayed one day after i did. i'd be glad to answer any questions if you're interested.
post #8 of 15
I attempted a VBAC at UNC with family practice about 8 months. Most people in this area will tell you that they are the most VBAC friendly hospital in the area. I wasn't happy with some of the ways my care was managed towards the end but they definitely are more open to listening to your desires than other careproviders. I have heard fabulous things about HBACing with both Nancy and "the midwife in Garner" and I hope to have the opportunity to homebirth with my next child.
post #9 of 15
[QUOTE=beanma;12897273]I think they actually don't accept VBACs for women who weren't under their care for their earlier C-section. So I think that they do offer care for a small number of VBACs for women who were under their care for a previous pregnancy, and had to transfer for a C-section, but the OP probably wouldn't qualify unfortunately.

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The birth center midwives will attend VBACs of women who had their first c-section under their care, but even in those cases the women are required to birth at UNC hospital, they cannot attend any VBAC births at the birth center. It's really too bad because it further limits options for women with prior cesareans.

Here is the contact info for - Nancy Walters Harman, CNM
919-837-5805, she attends homebirths in the area. I had a wonderful VBAC with Nancy at home, she is great.
post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by TCA2008 View Post
The birth center midwives will attend VBACs of women who had their first c-section under their care, but even in those cases the women are required to birth at UNC hospital, they cannot attend any VBAC births at the birth center.
Ahhh...thanks for the clarification.
post #11 of 15
Congrats on baby#2!

Birth center doesn't accept VBAC unless you were a patient there before. I know at least 1 person who had a great VBAC experience at UNC, but I think you would really want a doula who is going to be your advocate while you are there.

Were you interested at all in home birth? I am pretty sure there are homebirth midwives in the area who take VBACs - ask here or on the CHDAP board if that interests you.

L
post #12 of 15
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Originally Posted by Gunter View Post
we just reviewed her statistics and she had a 100% HBAC success rate last year! that means everyone that attempted a HBAC had one.
nak. i'm part of this success rate last year. started with unc-fp and switched. pm me if you'd like my specifics.

good luck finding what works for you!
post #13 of 15
I'm also part of her success rate! I had an awesome HBAC on October 4. One of the best experiences of my life. I would definitely recommend a doula. Mine was awesome (Gunter was my doula)!
post #14 of 15
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Originally Posted by berryjam View Post
i had a TWIN VBAC at duke (10/07) under the care of the CNMs in the high-risk OB group. they're surprisingly open to doing what you want (within reason). there were some compromises, but i was overall very pleased with the outcome.

my boys were 35 wks, 5.9 & 5.4 lbs. went to full-term nursery and only stayed one day after i did. i'd be glad to answer any questions if you're interested.
Wow! Yes, that is surprising. I was with that group for about 2 weeks in 2004 but we weren't a good fit for each other. It's nice to know there has been growth in that area.
post #15 of 15
i just PMed you.
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