Whether you are scheduling a cesarean birth, or determining your birth preferences in the event of a cesarean, consider whether you would be interested in a clear drape!

Traditionally, a cesarean is performed with an opaque drape. With a clear drape there is still an opaque drape (clipped or Velcro-ed to the clear drape) that is kept in place until just before your baby is born. A doctor or nurse can drop or remove the opaque portion of drape, so you and your partner can look through the clear plastic drape and see your baby as it’s born!

Considering a VBAC?

A VBAC is a vaginal birth after a cesarean and can cause a lot of confusion for a pregnant person and their partner.

Both the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the National Institutes of Health encourage healthy, pregnant mothers with a prior cesarean to labor for a VBAC. However, the majority of pregnant persons have a routine repeat cesarean and this number has been on the decline. In 1996, the VBAC rate was at 30%, but by 2012 that number fell to 10%. This may be a result of access to accurate information about VBAC (ex: the misinformation surrounding uterine rupture) and therefore people cannot make an informed choice. Of all the laborers who attempt a VBAC, 70-75% will have a safe and successful VBAC (

So is a VBAC right for you? That is something that only your care provider can assess. However, there are several online resources, like this one, that can help prepare you for a VBAC conversation. If you are in the NYC metro, consider attending an International Cesarean Awareness Network support meeting to learn more.

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