Many organizations have produced research- and evidence-based guidelines to
assist women make decisions about cesarean section and vaginal birth after
cesarean section. In addition to talking to your midwife, you may find the
following sites helpful.
Canadian Association of Midwives (CAM)
CAM has a position paper on Cesarean section on demand.
The Cochrane Database
It’s hard for anyone to keep up to date with the relevant evidence in their field of
interest. The Cochrane Library solves many of these problems. It is the best
single source of reliable evidence about the effects of health care.
Cochrane reviews are based on the best available information about
healthcare interventions. They explore the evidence for and against the
effectiveness and appropriateness of treatments.
Planned elective repeat cesarean section versus planned vaginal birth for
women with a previous cesarean birth:
The Cochrane Reviews abstract on Planned Caesearan Section for Term Breech
College of Midwives of British Columbia (CMBC)
Go to their main website by clicking on the link below. There is a menu on
the left. Click on “Standards”, then on “Clinical Practice Guidelines”.
Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC)
Cesarean Birth Task Force Report 2008
British Columbia Perinatal Health Program Cesarean Birth Task Force Report
Download this report in a PDF format (1.7 MB)
The Power to Push Campaign
The Power to Push Campaign was launched in 2010 by BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre. The goal of the campaign is to provide up-to-date resources for pregnant women and their families in British Columbia (BC), encouraging them to know their options, advocate for their choices, and push for the safest and best birth possible. The campaign also offers research-based information and resources to maternity care providers across BC to help them support every woman’s childbirth choices.