With a third of babies born via surgery, it’s no wonder that many women are seeking a Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC). Fortunately, those that have gone before are a compassionate, generous, and wise group. When I asked for advice for VBAC hopefuls, these women had some wonderful pieces of wisdom.
Tips for a Successful VBAC
- Research birth place options and find one that is VBAC friendly.
- Write a birth plan so everyone knows your wishes when you get to the hospital.
- Hire a doula.
- Hire a supportive midwife/OB
- Don’t be afraid to change providers (try the midwife in the office, or switch offices if needed) if you find them to be unsupportive of vbac
- Don’t be afraid to advocate for yourself.
- Connect with other women who have had VBACs.
- It’s okay to be scared.
- Consider taking a prenatal class that increases your self awareness. Suggestions include: prenatal yoga, hypnobabies, etc.
- If your care provider tells you that you are not an appropriate VBAC candidate, get a second opinion.
- Take time to process your past experience, your current experience, and your experiences in the future.
- If possible, decline an induction.
- Arrive at the hospital as late as possible in labor.
- Believe in yourself.
- Know that you are strong and brave and your body is perfect.
- Know that you are not alone.
- Read, read, read.
- Remember that a csection is only part of your birth story. You grew a baby! That scar is a badge of your power as a mother.
Anything else that should be added to this list?
Big THANK YOU to Rachel, Laura, and Deb who all kindly shared their experience and wisdom <3