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VOYAGE TO A VBAC

Updated: Nov 15, 2018


Did you know that a vaginal birth after a casarean is a thing? (even if you have more than one!)

Well it is ,I know I did it! Here I want to share with you what I think are

6 essential steps to acheiving your VBAC.

As caesarean section (c/s) rates continue to rise ,('1 in 3 women will now have one to give birth') what was once a procedure used primarily for medical reasons slowly seems to becoming the norm.

If you have experienced a c/s for whatever reason and it has impacted you, your partner, your baby in a way you did not expect or enjoy and you really would like to experience a natural birth, the following steps may help you acheive just that.

Following x2 c/s upon my first visit to my obstetrician with my third pregnancy I was told in no uncertain terms that I would be booked in for another c/s at 36 weeks .

WAIT! WHAT? REALLY? WHY? This made no sense to me.

So after many tears I made it my mission to research, find the facts, educate and empower myself and my husband so that together the decision we made was a well informed one.

We did just that and the decision was to have a VBAC.

The following is a list of things I put in place that I beleive enabled and assisted me in acheiving this


1. Find a SUPPORTIVE MEDICAL TEAM

This first step is imperitive in avoiding the cascade of intervention that can often lead to a c/s. For your peace of mind knowing you have the support of medical professionals enables you to relax and trust which is vital to the birth process.


2. Get the ALL CLEAR

Ensure you have a thorough check up and history taken so you know your body is in good shape and there are no medical reasons stopping you having a natural birth means peace of mind.


3. TALK, TALK, TALK,

To a counsellor, psychologist, midwife, doula ,other mothers who have had a VBAC. This was a vital part in the pathway to my VBAC. It gave me confidence in myself, my body, my baby, enabled me to work through any fears, mental blocks, old trauma and gave me wonderful tips on coping with labor and working with my baby on her journey into this world.


4. RESEARCH. READ, EDUCATE. "KNOWLEGDE IS POWER"

Make a decision that is an informed one that empowers you and enables you to speak from that place.


5. TRUST.

In yourself, your body , your baby to work together as a team.


6. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF

Surround yourself with positive people that know and respect the path you are taking. Rest as much as you can for physical and mental strength. Meditate, breath ,walk outdoors in nature.


{Source ,Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2015}







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