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For years Jen Kamel has traveled the country as a California Board of Registered Nursing Continuing Education Provider speaking to professionals and highly motivated parents.
She has presented at national conferences including the American Association of Birth Centers, GOLD Learning, DONA, Lamaze, International Cesarean Awareness Network, and Human Rights in Childbirth.
She has also presented at regional events hosted by the Birth Network of Monterey County, the Indiana Midwives Association Annual Conference, and ICAN of Cleveland’s Women and Birth Symposium and Grand Rounds at California Hospital in Downtown Los Angeles, California.
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The Truth About VBAC
Incorporate the Best Evidence into Your Practice, Help Your Patients Make a Truly Informed Decision, and Increase VBAC Access in Your Community
Do you worry about providing your clients with inaccurate information about VBAC and repeat cesarean?
Do you want to increase VBAC access in your community through changing hospital policy?
Are you tired of reading sources that seem to conflict with each other?
Do you want reliable information, but are too busy working to spend months compiling it?
Whether you are new to the subject of VBAC or you’ve been serving VBAC families for years, allow Jen to share what she has learned over the last decade through her experience and research as a consumer advocate, national speaker, and founder of VBAC Facts.
In her signature program, “The Truth About VBAC,” Jen takes you on a guided tour through the medical evidence while deconstructing the political barriers that makes VBAC impossible for many parents to access.
Jen has spent thousands of hours compiling and distilling the most relevant facts into one training. Spend the day with her and leave with clarity on VBAC, repeat cesarean, uterine rupture, home birth, hospital birth, and hospital VBAC bans.
This continuing education training covers:
- Understanding current VBAC guidelines & evidence
- Why VBACs are “banned” in over 40% of American hospitals
- Uterine rupture: risk, rates, & outcomes
- Big babies, postdates, birth intervals, uterine thickness
- Public health implications of repeat cesareans
- Reviewing the evidence on hospital & out-of-hospital VBAC
- Deciphering birth myths, scare tactics, & informed consent
6.6 nursing continuing education hours
Program Length: 6 hours
“In ‘The Truth About VBAC,’ Jen simply presents accurate facts and lets the evidence speak for itself. I strongly recommend this class to anyone who is interested in learning about VBAC!”Rebecca Dekker
“Jen has clear and concise information that puts aside agendas and allows for the most reliable informed consent standards I have seen on the topic of VBAC.”Michelle Hernandez
“After attending ‘The Truth About VBAC,’ I am better able to point my clients to real evidence and help them translate the studies into information they can use to make the best birth decisions for themselves, their babies, and their whole family.”Heather Schweich
“Jen not only presents the most recent ACOG guidelines and the studies by which they were formed, but also leads a well-informed discussion about historical perspectives and the challenges faced by providers and hospitals, careful to never to excuse us from doing the one thing we all promised at our professional outset — to do no harm.”Dr. Nathan Meltzer
“Some of my favorite parts included the many charts, which illustrate statistics regarding cesarean section and VBAC in the United States. I’m a visual learner and putting those numbers in perspective really made it click for me.”Lindsey Rupp
The Evidence on Uterine Rupture
How do short birth intervals, going over 40 weeks, big babies, & two prior cesareans impact uterine rupture rates?
Are you a birth professional?
Do you support families planning VBACs?
Do you want to learn about the evidence on uterine rupture so you can help your clients avoid the bait & switch?
You became a birth professional because you believed in the right of every pregnant person to get the care that they need during the most important and vulnerable time of their life.
Yet there’s so much conflicting information out there that may compromise your ability to give the best professional advice or guidance possible.
For example have you heard that it’s unsafe to have a VBAC with a short birth interval or after two cesareans?
Or that the risk of uterine rupture increases dramatically after 40 weeks or with a big baby?
Well, I’m here to dispel the myths and tell you what the evidence actually says.
Most professionals don’t have time or desire to dig through hundreds of pages of medical reports.
Others don’t know how to evaluate medical studies… leading them to misinterpret the evidence and inadvertently mislead their clients.
That’s why I’ve done the hard work for you and put into a 60-minute training everything you need to understand about how four factors impact uterine rupture risk.
You will learn:
- What does the evidence say on short birth intervals & uterine rupture?
- What is the real risk of going beyond 40 weeks gestation?
- Is it dangerous to have a VBAC after two prior cesareans?
- Do macrosomic babies mean huge risk for VBAC?
1.1 nursing continuing education hours
Program Length: 1 hour
“I just hadn’t gotten around to doing a thorough literature search to know what exactly the evidence is on these issues. I attended ‘The Evidence on Uterine Rupture’ and – IN ONE HOUR – I now feel well informed on this issue. When I counsel my patients in the future, I will be able to do so with a much more authoritative command of the current literature. Thanks Jen!”Emiliano Chavira, MD, MPH, FACOG
“I wanted a better knowledge of actual statistics and got them. I work from the approach of informed consent and empowerment, but I do need to know the larger risks.”Jen Holland
“I was not confident in my knowledge and understanding of the evidence pertaining to VBAC, and what best quality information and resources I would offer clients. Now I feel confident in both.”Adriane Weller
The Ethics & Realities of Forced Cesarean Surgery
Are women forced into cesarean surgery? How is this possible? When does it happen? Why does it occur? And what do forced/coerced cesareans really look like?
This training will explore the extreme disconnect between medical evidence, national guidelines, ethical responsibilities and the current maternity care system.
We will review how forced cesareans can occur in the face of national guidelines that denounce them while professional ethics simultaneously affirm and honor the autonomy of the pregnant person.
Finally we will close with how we can turn the tide, create change, and improve the care our clients and children will ultimately receive.
You will learn:
- History of forced cesarean cases
- The public health implications of cesarean surgery
- The ethics of imposing these risks on women
- The perceived vs. actual legal authority
- The fallacy of litigation concerns
- The impact of an uneducated public
- The role of hospital VBAC bans
- The legislative and regulatory restrictions on midwifery
1.1 nursing continuing education hours
Program Length: 1 hours
Create Your Own Program
Based on the interests of your community or facility, Jen can focus on the importance of VBAC access, the public health implications of VBAC bans, and so much more. She can also speak in your community or offer virtual trainings. Let’s talk!
Nursing continuing education hours available
Program Length: Your choice
Free Report Reveals...
Parents pregnant after a cesarean face so much misinformation about VBAC. As a result, many who are good VBAC candidates are coerced into repeat cesareans. This free report provides quick clarity on 5 uterine rupture myths so you can tell fact from fiction and avoid the bait & switch.
VBAC Facts does not provide any medical advice and the information provided should not be so construed or used. Nothing provided by VBAC Facts is intended to replace the services of a qualified physician or midwife or to be a substitute for medical advice of a qualified physician or midwife. You should not rely on anything provided by VBAC Facts and you should consult a qualified health care professional in all matters relating to your health.