Deviant mothers and midwives: supporting VBAC with women as real partners in decision making

Helen Shallow

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A midwife shares her experience of supporting women who want to have a vaginal birth after a previous caesarean section (VBAC). Describes how, during the early stages of her midwifery career, women were often condemned to repeat caesarean sections, and suggests that midwives who supported women wishing to have a VBAC during this period were often viewed as 'deviant'. Describes how a documented framework and VBAC guideline used at the Trust in which she works has enabled a change in practice and a real choice for women.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-21
Number of pages5
JournalEssentially MIDIRS
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2013



  • Decision Making, Patient, Midwives, Support, Psychosocial, Vaginal Birth After Cesarean, Female, Multidisciplinary Care Team, Pregnancy, Professional Role, Uterine Rupture -- Risk Factors, Vaginal Birth After Cesarean -- Adverse Effects

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