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Roundtable Discussion: “No One Can Condemn You to a C-Section!”

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  • Perle Feldman MDCM, CCFP, FCFP,

    1. Perle Feldman, MDCM, CCFP, FCFP
      Associate Professor, Family Medicine
      University of Toronto
      Department of Family Medicine
      North York General Hospital
      4001 Leslie, Toronto, Ontario
      M2K 1E1, Canada

      Rivka Cymbalist, CD (DONA)
      Montreal Birth Companions
      4261 de la Savane
      Montreal
      Quebec H4P2T6,
      Canada

      Saraswathi Vedam, RM, MSN, FACNM, SciD (hc)
      Director, Division of Midwifery
      University of British Columbia
      3130 W 3rd Avenue
      Vancouver, British Columbia V6K1N3
      Canada

      Andrew Kotaska, MD, FRCSC
      Clinical Director of Obstetrics
      Stanton Territorial Hospital, Box 10
      Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
      X1A 2N1, Canada
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  • Rivka Cymbalist CD (DONA),

    1. Perle Feldman, MDCM, CCFP, FCFP
      Associate Professor, Family Medicine
      University of Toronto
      Department of Family Medicine
      North York General Hospital
      4001 Leslie, Toronto, Ontario
      M2K 1E1, Canada

      Rivka Cymbalist, CD (DONA)
      Montreal Birth Companions
      4261 de la Savane
      Montreal
      Quebec H4P2T6,
      Canada

      Saraswathi Vedam, RM, MSN, FACNM, SciD (hc)
      Director, Division of Midwifery
      University of British Columbia
      3130 W 3rd Avenue
      Vancouver, British Columbia V6K1N3
      Canada

      Andrew Kotaska, MD, FRCSC
      Clinical Director of Obstetrics
      Stanton Territorial Hospital, Box 10
      Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
      X1A 2N1, Canada
    Search for more papers by this author
  • Saraswathi Vedam RM, MSN, FACNM, SciD (hc),

    1. Perle Feldman, MDCM, CCFP, FCFP
      Associate Professor, Family Medicine
      University of Toronto
      Department of Family Medicine
      North York General Hospital
      4001 Leslie, Toronto, Ontario
      M2K 1E1, Canada

      Rivka Cymbalist, CD (DONA)
      Montreal Birth Companions
      4261 de la Savane
      Montreal
      Quebec H4P2T6,
      Canada

      Saraswathi Vedam, RM, MSN, FACNM, SciD (hc)
      Director, Division of Midwifery
      University of British Columbia
      3130 W 3rd Avenue
      Vancouver, British Columbia V6K1N3
      Canada

      Andrew Kotaska, MD, FRCSC
      Clinical Director of Obstetrics
      Stanton Territorial Hospital, Box 10
      Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
      X1A 2N1, Canada
    Search for more papers by this author
  • Andrew Kotaska MD, FRCSC

    1. Perle Feldman, MDCM, CCFP, FCFP
      Associate Professor, Family Medicine
      University of Toronto
      Department of Family Medicine
      North York General Hospital
      4001 Leslie, Toronto, Ontario
      M2K 1E1, Canada

      Rivka Cymbalist, CD (DONA)
      Montreal Birth Companions
      4261 de la Savane
      Montreal
      Quebec H4P2T6,
      Canada

      Saraswathi Vedam, RM, MSN, FACNM, SciD (hc)
      Director, Division of Midwifery
      University of British Columbia
      3130 W 3rd Avenue
      Vancouver, British Columbia V6K1N3
      Canada

      Andrew Kotaska, MD, FRCSC
      Clinical Director of Obstetrics
      Stanton Territorial Hospital, Box 10
      Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
      X1A 2N1, Canada
    Search for more papers by this author

Abstract

Abstract:  The stories in this Roundtable Discussion are related by two women whose babies were born recently in Canadian hospitals. Each woman had undergone a cesarean delivery for her first child, and whereas Sophia delivered her second baby by vaginal birth after a cesarean (VBAC), Marie was unable to find a practitioner or hospital that would allow her to have a VBAC for her second birth. The women describe how they feel about their choices and experiences. Their two accounts and the issues that they raise are discussed in commentaries by a family physician, midwife, doula, and obstetrician. (BIRTH 37:3 September 2010)

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