matexpplainCambridge VBAC Friends is a peer support group for women planning birth after caesarean in Cambridge (UK). It’s run by six local volunteers who are keen to support and empower others with:

  • sources of local information and signposts;
  • positive stories about VBAC, HBAC and CBAC;
  • finding out how to arrange a VBAC or HBAC;
  • or getting ideas about planning a great caesarean birth.

We have an active online support group where you can connect with other local women planning birth after caesarean. It is a private Facebook group, posts and replies do not appear in your newsfeed. Women from Peterborough to Bury-St-Edmunds and from Soham to Harlow have used the group; and women stay on to support others.

For free monthly face-to-face support, we work closely with our sister group Cambridge Birth Choices, the loveliest bunch of doula volunteers you could ever imagine! Monthly drop-ins are on the second Friday of the month, 12:30-2:30pm, at Cambridge Women’s Resource Centre*; the last Friday of the month, 1pm-3pm at Satyam Yoga Centre and the first Friday of the month at Hinchingbrooke Hospital’s Education Centre (Huntingdon). Explore your birth after caesarean options with doula volunteers in an informal and non judgmental space and meet other mums-to-be. Visit the meet ups page for more info.

Keep an eye on our Twitter feed and Facebook community page where we share anything and everything to do with VBAC, HBAC and caesarean; research, blogs, articles, vlogs and birth stories from around the world. All the good stuff is saved on our resources page.

Cambridge Birth Choices is part of the Positive Birth Movement because every women deserves freedom of choice, access to accurate information, and a birth experience where she is in control, powerful and respected.

We’re involved with #MatExp  and Caesarean in Focus, a platform for changing the way families experience caesarean birth in the NHS.

Rachel is Chair of Rosie Maternity Voices and attends the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Better Births Steering Group as a service user for Cambridgeshire.

Cambridge VBAC Friends can be contacted through the online support group or by emailing us.

*Please note: CWRC is a woman-only space, children are more than welcome. If you come by car, access Hooper Street from Sturton Street because the Gwydir Street connection is pedestrian only.


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