Ronnie Falcao, LM MS CPM - Licensed Midwife

VBAC Preparation

 
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My goal is to help you have the best pregnancy and birth possible.
Many pregnancy discomforts can be prevented or eased.

My c-section rate for my last 100 clients was 1%.
I can help you to avoid a c-section, too.

 

I am available to provide supplemental midwifery care during pregnancy to support a VBAC and postpartum mother/baby care and lactation consulting to families who are planning a hospital birth.

VBAC Care Options – ICAN states that for women with supportive providers, the VBAC success rate is 60-80%.  In my practice, the VBAC success rate is over 95%.

In addition to regular supplemental prenatal care as described above, I provide specific services to support women planning a VBAC.

Early in pregnancy:

v  Review circumstances of previous cesarean birth to identify areas that would benefit from extra attention in this pregnancy and to discuss the suitability of VBAC for you.

v  Address questions and concerns about how to prevent uterine rupture, especially if the dad is concerned.

v  Discuss selecting a supportive hospital and care provider.  Although I can provide some information about the local VBAC environment, the details of supportive provider and hospitals are best discussed with other VBAC mamas in the ICAN online groups or meetup groups.  Our local ICAN groups keep lists of supportive care providers and facilities.

v  Suggest nutritional support throughout the pregnancy to grow stronger uterine tissue to prevent rupture.

From 24 weeks on:

v  Support attention to blood sugar issues that are shown to increase VBAC success rates.

In the last month of pregnancy, I recommend the same birth preparation care as for any birth, plus some special preparation for VBAC that will help:

v  Start labor naturally before the due date.

v  Teach labor techniques that will help prevent uterine rupture

v  Shorten pushing times

v  Overall increase the likelihood of the VBAC you desire.

 

 

Ronnie Falcao, LM MS CPM
Licensed Midwife, Mountain View

Twenty years’ experience helping mothers and babies
A midwife’s heart and hands combined with an engineer’s problem solving skills

E-mail ronnie@gentlebirth.org for more information; the word "Midwife" gets through my spam filters.
Or call me at 650-961-9728


 

Availability

I am generally available 7 days a week and offer evening and weekend appointments.  However, if I am at a birth, I may not be available for up to 72 hours.  If necessary, I can arrange an emergency appointment with another midwife.


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Ronnie Falcao, Licensed Midwife
Attending births since 1991, Licensed since 1997

Knowledgeable about the midwifery use of herbs, homeopathy and hypnosis
A midwife’s heart and hands combined with an engineer’s problem solving skills

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If you'd like to learn more about my  midwifery services, please phone me at 650-961-9728 with your e-mail address or send me e-mail.
My e-mail address is "ronnie" at "gentlebirth.org".  Please put the word "midwife" in the subject to get through my spam filters.  Please let me know your due date and where you live; if you also let me know what kind of insurance you have, I can share my experience about the insurance reimbursement you can expect to receive for my services. Thanks.

I provide care in homes within about 15 miles of Mountain View, California and will drive further by special arrangement.

Here's my contact information for anything besides my midwifery services.
 

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Some pages I've written:
Perspectives on Normal Childbirth - An article I wrote for the ICAN journal about my internship in an El Paso, Texas, birth center. I was astounded that they had a cesarean rate of less than 1% without compromising the well-being of the mother or baby. 
Homebirth Safety and Benefits - Homebirth is as safe or safer than hospital birth in most cases; homebirth also offers intangible benefits beyond superior safety.

Information about VRE - Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococcus - It was recently reported that the antibiotic-resistant bacteria, enterococcus, has infected 100% of the surveyed hospitals in the San Francisco Bay Area.
 

Some pages I've edited:

The Midwife Archives - As a way of organizing my notes about information and wisdom shared on the various birth-related distribution lists, I created the Midwife Archives. Please visit those pages for answers to many practical questions and for an interesting perspective on the mystical side of birth.
 

Some pages I've formatted in co-operation with the authors:

Benefits and risks of episiotomy: A review of the English-language literature since 1980
A journal article by Robert J. Woolley, MD.

Is Homebirth for You?  6 Myths About Childbirth Exposed
An online version of the booklet originally published by Friends of Homebirth (Editor: Janet Tipton, 1990)


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