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Top Five Tips Towards VBAC
Hi! My name is Jaimie and I am a mother who had a life changing VBA3C. I have spent time researching before and during my pregnancy and even after! If you are thinking about VBAC, or are currently preparing to have one, below I am sharing my top five tips towards VBAC. I think there’s a lot we can do towards having a healthy pregnancy and even towards a VBAC. But I also believe we can do all the right things and not have a VBAC. I also think that some may do nothing and have a VBAC. There can be many twists and turns in birth, but I believe if we go in doing the best we can we will have the best opportunity to have the birth we desire.
1. Find a supportive provider.
Make sure the doctor/midwife who oversees your care is truly supportive of VBAC and not just tolerating your wishes. It’s best to find this out early on in the pregnancy, rather than later. If you don’t feel comfortable with the provider you are currently seeing, or the next several you interview…keep looking. If you have a local ICAN (International Cesarean Awareness Network http://www.ican-online.org/icanchapters/)chapter in your area, they are very supportive. You may also be able to ask them for possible VBAC supportive providers in your area.
2. Hire a doula.
I really think doulas are great! They offer support to you during pregnancy, labor and the immediate postpartum. They are worth saving your money for. ACOG has recently said that having a support person in labor is beneficial (http://www.acog.org/Resources-And-Publications/Committee-Opinions/Committee-on-Obstetric-Practice/Approaches-to-Limit-Intervention-During-Labor-and-Birth) A recent study also showed, “Women who received continuous labour support were more likely to give birth 'spontaneously', i.e. give birth with neither caesarean nor vacuum nor forceps. In addition, women were less likely to use pain medications, were more likely to be satisfied, and had slightly shorter labours. Their babies were less likely to have low five-minute Apgar scores, (http://www.cochrane.org/CD003766/PREG_continuous-support-for-women-during-childbirth).” Studies show….a doula is worth it!
Read here about why even doulas want a doula!
3. Find a Webster certified chiropractor.
A chiropractor who has certified in this technique specializes in prenatal care. Many research articles point out benefits such as avoiding c-sections and helping a breech baby to turn. To find a chiropractor you can search for one in your area here: http://icpa4kids.org/Find-a-Chiropractor/ and you can learn more about the benefits and research here: http://icpa4kids.org/Chiropractic-Research/Webster-Technique/
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4. Take care of your physical body and your heart/mind as well.
This would include exercising, eating well and drinking lots of water. It also may mean taking supplements. I believe if we can provide the body with excellent nutrition, movement and hydration we can only benefit ourselves and our baby for the better. Labor is hard work! Hard, but doable! If we even put forward a little effort, our bodies and babies will thank us later! Not only is the body important, but even more so in my opinion is the heart and the mind. It is essential to face any fears, worries and concerns about your upcoming birth and to really working towards finding peace and confidence in yourself. Journal, pray or talk to a trusted friend. Release negative feelings and go forward with joy and hope towards the birth of your baby.
5. Take responsibility for your birth.
A doula, a doctor and a chiropractor are all great tools to have for support and encouragement for our births. But no one will care more for your birth or your baby than you. Research about labor, gain a real grasp on what to expect, learn about VBAC (VBACFacts.com is a great place to start!), educate yourself before so you can know how you may handle different things that will come up during labor. Create a birth plan. Learn about the policies and procedures that are set in place at your hospital. Be prepared. It doesn’t guarantee a specific outcome, but it can help you to have the best birth possible.
As you go look forward to one of the most special days of your life…the birth of your child, I hope you will be able to anticipate it with joy, optimism and hope. Doing anything to prepare for a VBAC can really help a mother to be at the best place possible physically, emotionally and mentally. Any positive preparation can make a difference, no matter how small. If you can’t do all of these, that’s totally ok! The most important thing you can do it have a positive attitude and believe in yourself.
I am so grateful and thankful I was able to have a VBA3C (vaginal birth after three c-sections). It was a very challenging time for me in many ways. But I chose to trust God, trust myself and let my fears fall away. I experienced one of the best days of my life, holding my baby before anyone else and having those first moments together. All the work to get there was very worth it in the end. And to you dear reader, if you are preparing for a VBAC I wish you the absolute best. And I believe in you. I really do. As a woman capable to vaginally birth her baby. Go forward in your pursuit. And no matter the outcome, I pray you can have peace knowing you had an active role in the decisions made for your birth and ultimately, you will have much joy on this very special and sacred day.
I am a birth doula, childbirth educator, wife to an amazing man, and mother to four beautiful girls. I love serving families as they bring new life into the world!
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