...Geez, there's going to be another C-section. The hospital has recently changed their policy allowing a woman to labor after a previous C-section. We were not meeting all of the stringent requirements set out by the hospital's insurance carrier, so the administration decided we could no longer assume the additional risk of permitting attempted vaginal birth after Cesarean section (VBAC). This means that all women who were unlucky enough to have a C-section for their first pregnancy now must be delivered by repeat C-section, without ever attempting a vaginal birth. The policy change has resulted in a lot more C-sections, longer hospital stays for mothers and babies, and a lot of bad feeling among those of us who believe that VBAC is an important birth option to offer to women.