Congrats on your pregnancy and your choice to have a VBAC! I have not had a VBAC myself, but I have read a lot of great stories, and stories from people who ended up with another cesarean but were happy that they knew they did everything they could to try to have a vaginal birth. I am a doula and an instructor for the Hypnobabies hypnosis for childbirth method. I think hiring a doula for a VBAC is an excellent idea and that hypnosis could be very helpful for you! Good luck!
Wife, mom, doula, and childbirth educator
One epidural birth, one Hypnobabies unmedicated hospital birth, and one home waterbirth
9/2/11 1:41 A
So good to hear you were able to find a doctor to support you in your decision!! That is wonderful!!
I had natural child birth at a birth center with my 1st and plan to do so with my current pregnancy so I don't have experience with VBAC, but I agree with BRITTAINN that getting to do things outside of the hospital setting as long as possible is good, and also that recovery is an easier process with natural births.
My husband also would press on a spot on my lower back during strong contractions which helped tremendously, so getting to know a bit about accupressure is a good thing! :)
Good luck and congrats on your pregnancy!
6/24/11 7:34 A
Congrats on your decision! And on finding a doc who's on board too! I've had all 3 of mine naturally. 1st in a hospital and the other at home. I love having the natural delivery because my recovery is almost instant! I always feel great immediately after(well after my after birth pains) and enjoy being able to get up and take a shower right away.lol I don't have any experience with a vbac , but do have experience laboring at home. Even with my 1st who was delivered at a hospital, I labored for 4 hrs at home. My contractions were 3 min or less apart at this point. My hubby convinced me to head to the hospital. It was 30 min away. When we got there I was 9 cm. :) Laboring as long as you can at home is great. You can eat and drink if you want too and be more relaxed. They tend to want to keep you in bed at the hospital. I prefer to walk around or squat or be in the water. With my 2nd I went so fast I didn't make it from our bedroom to the bath tub. So I used hot towels over my back and belly to cut the pain. it worked really well. For me counter pressure helps alleviate the pain greatly also. My hubby will press or massage my lower back/buttocks area when having a bad contraction. This helps me tremendously. I tend to go very quickly so I have pretty intense contractions from the beginning. Congrats again on your vbac journey!!A great book that discusses some great pain management for natural births is A woman's guide to a better birth by Henci Goer.
Raelynn 4 yr 1 mo
Fischer 2yr 8mo
Baby #4 due July 19,2011
6/20/11 4:35 P
Hi There, I have had two medically unecessary c-sections. First one because my OBGYN scared me half to death and 2nd because I was told could not have natural birth after a c-section. I have now wisened up and looked into VBAC's. even found a Dr. to support my decision albeit with some conditions. so I plan to have this 3rd one naturally and unmedicated. I plan to study the hpnobirthing course and hopefully get a doula. I know doing this in the hospital will be a struggle, but I'm hopeful I can achieve it. especially considering my doc is on board with the no augmentation of labor and with me laboring the early stages at home. Anyone have any advice or experience to share?
I have been blessed with two little angels. My boys are so precious.
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