I am looking for some ideas and support as I work with vbac clients. I have been a birth doula for 15 years and find that the current climate in our community (in south central Indiana-- a generally ok place to have a baby) is becoming more and more closed to vbac.
Here's the deal:
-- fewer doctors are supporting vbac
-- there are limited number of midwives: we are a state that doesn't license CPMs, so even though there are excellent CPMs in the area, some folks are not comfortable making that choice, and the few CNMs in the area either work in hospital with unsupportive docs or are far away and not really much of an option
I am trying to open dialog with one of the OBs that I have known for years, but I'm not getting anywhere in even getting to talk with her, let alone discuss this issue.
I'm feeling discouraged and worry about communicating that to my clients. I've got one vbac client for November and another in January.
so I guess I am asking less for practical ideas than I am for support and encouragement!
thanks in advance!