2011 Oregon Hospital VBAC Policies About the survey: The 2011 survey by ICAN of Portland was powered by an all-volunteer team of callers who called all the hospitals across the state. Survey volunteers used publicly available listings of hospitals and made every effort to call every hospital in each state. Surveyors contacted each hospital’s Labor and Delivery (L&D) ward and questioned L&D nurses about the hospital’s practices. Survey questions were designed to elicit information about formal bans, de facto bans, the reasoning behind the bans, and the level of coercion mothers might face if couldn’t find an alternate hospital option. Information from calls was recorded. A total of 52 hospitals in the state of Oregon were called.
A “de facto” ban means that surveyors were unable to identify any doctors practicing at the hospital who would provide VBAC support.
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