Most Inspirational VBAC story!

July 28, 2010

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I just got an e-mail from Mama Seoul about a VBAC she attended as a doula/friend.

My friend just had a Home Water Birth After Inverted T Cesarean at my house on Saturday.

She listened to Hypnobabies Easy First Stage for like 35 hours and the Pushing Track for about half of her long pushing phase. It was incredible.  She was dilated to 10cm from Friday night through Saturday afternoon with intact membranes. Baby was in a funky position so they didn’t want to break the water. Baby finally moved in a better position and they broke the water.

She pushed with her urges and it took awhile, but she got out a more than 9 lbs baby with only a small tear that did not require stitches.

She also included a link to her friends version of the story.  The Birth of Stella Rose

Why is it so inspirational?

  • Mom had Inverted T-incision
  • She lived overseas where it is often harder to have a VBAC than in the US
  • She gathered the BEST birth team ever!
  • She has a uniquely shaped pelvis that probably led to her first cesarean
  • She was 10cm dilated with an intact water bag for 20 hours or so before any intervention.
  • She pushed for about 4 hours.
  • She had her HWBAC (Home Water Birth After Cesarean)
  • She used Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis
  • Then as her doctor says, “Everything with A. takes more time.”  Her placenta took over 29 hours to detach.

Wow, those are some amazing highlights.

I loved reading both versions as they had different aspects that made the birth come to life for me.

I love to see how women can empower themselves to have positive birth experiences.  In this instance I loved to see how women helped support each other in A’s journey to and during her VBAC.  How amazing and powerful we can be!

I think I hear Angels Singing – ACOG supports VBA2C!

July 22, 2010

Support may be a bit to strong, but they have lowered their restrictions on it and even say that in certain cases VBA2C should be tried.

Attempting a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) is a safe and appropriate choice for most women who have had a prior cesarean delivery, including for some women who have had two previous cesareans, according to guidelines released today by The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

There was a lot more in the press release and I don’t think anything they said is shocking or new information, but it shocks me that THEY said it!

“The current cesarean rate is undeniably high and absolutely concerns us as ob-gyns,” said Richard N. Waldman, MD, president of The College. “These VBAC guidelines emphasize the need for thorough counseling of benefits and risks, shared patient-doctor decision making, and the importance of patient autonomy. Moving forward, we need to work collaboratively with our patients and our colleagues, hospitals, and insurers to swing the pendulum back to fewer cesareans and a more reasonable VBAC rate.”

I can only hope that more OBs actually DO this!  I am lucky enough to have had an OB who did just this.  Told me the risks of both and let ME choose.  But so many moms are not told the truth, they are just forced into repeat cesareans. No wonder the cesarean rate is SO high.

In addition, “The College guidelines now clearly say that women with two previous low-transverse cesarean incisions, women carrying twins, and women with an unknown type of uterine scar are considered appropriate candidates for a TOLAC,”

I just forwarded the link to a mom I was working with who had given up on finding a care provider support her VBA2C.  Maybe now she can find the support she needs?  I hope so!

What do YOU think, will this statement create more opportunities for moms to have VBACs? Please go and read their whole statement and tell me what you think!

I think at the very least they will have more support/”ammo” (I have a 12 year old who is all about ammunition!) when talking with their care providers!  I hope today is a huge step forward for birth rights for moms in our country!

I have to add a HUGE thank you to ICAN for all the work and advocacy you have done and will continue to do to help moms avoid cesareans and help support them after cesareans!

I have to add this awesome link by Birthing Beautiful Ideas where she compares the 2004 statement to this one and you can see how far they have come!

I have to add another link to Well Rounded Mama who talks more in depth about VBAMC.

Thanks to ALL birth bloggers who are helping to make changes in the birthing world!

VBAC: Travelling 1/2 way around world for a VBAC!

June 25, 2010
Getting my VBAC was very dramatic until the actual birth.  Click here to read her birth story!
The actual birth was very simple, easy and almost completely painless. It was very manageable and I never doubted I could do it during my birthing time thanks to my preparations and Hypnobabies.
My story is a great example of the points you make in the Top Three Tips to Enjoy Birth Book:
  • I followed my intuition
  • I traveled half way around the world
  • I drove two hours for a supportive care provider
  • I used my Hypnobabies to prepare and chose to use it during the birth.
  • I am so glad I didn’t settle for a repeat cesarean.
When I was pregnant in Korea, there were very few options, especially since I do not speak Korean. In the process of researching and planning for my VBAC, I decided to birth back in the US, but I continued to research and expand my contacts and have formed a small, but vibrant natural birth community here. There is a HypnoBirthing instructor here teaching classes and several others in the area who attended the HypnoBirthing Teacher Training, but not Hypnobabies.
I have decided to become a Hypnobabies instructor myself, but since they are not doing teacher training this year, I will have to wait. I am going to try to do the hypnosis home study pre-requisite this year so I can be ready for the training next year.  I have been helping women have better births over here through my blog by connecting them with the right people and resources, but I want to do more by teaching classes.

Anyway, onto the e-book: it is awesome! I am in the process of course development for childbirth education/birthing preparation classes and your book and videos really get to the point of what I try to convey to moms-to-be.
I think the three tips are an excellent way to get women to think about the kind of experience they want and then make choices to support it. It is a great starting point and I think the stories that illustrate the points are very powerful.
I think that sometimes women feel overwhelmed and do not know where to start when researching the options, but giving women some basic points to think about and areas to explore will help tremendously.

When I was pregnant with my first child, I took a 3-session hospital-based childbirth education class and a 6-session doula-taught childbirth education class. I had a scheduled c-section for breech so I wasn’t able to test how they would have carried me through the birthing process, but I got the sense that childbirth education classes, no matter how thorough, give you enough information to HAVE a birth philosophy, MAKE birth choices, and WRITE a birth plan, but not enough skills and tools to EXECUTE a birth plan. Also, a lot of the information that you get in childbirth ed on things like nutrition and OFP, you get too late to be useful because most people take the classes late in pregnancy.
So for my VBAC, I did the Hypnobabies Home Study. I practiced it and it worked. I did not breathe the baby out, but the persistent breech issue distracted me towards the end and I lost focus a bit in my preparations, but it was still an amazing experience.

Surprise VBA2C for Doctor

June 24, 2010

This is a great birth story of a Gynecologist who had many varied birth experiences and had a somewhat surprise VBAC after 2 cesareans.

I love how she chose to go for the vaginal birth when the opportunity presented itself!

Book Review: Voices: VBAC Women Share Their Journey

June 22, 2010

I was so happy to get my copy of Voices:  VBAC Women Share Their Journey by Kelly Caldwell.  I love how it starts out with “Just the Facts” about VBAC’s.  Kelly does a great job laying out the risks of having a VBAC and the risks of having a repeat cesarean in a very factual way.

Then there are the birth stories.  They are inspirational to read.  My favorite is the one where the anesthesiologist inspires the mom that she CAN have her VBAC and helps her to achieve it.  The power of care providers words are HUGE and you can see that throughout the stories.

The next section contains letters to moms preparing for a VBAC from other moms who have had their VBACs.  Then the book ends with a recommended reading list.

Overall I think Voices is a great book for a mom who wants a VBAC or even a mom who is unsure if she wants a VBAC.  It will give you good information and see others experiences to help you decide what you want.  You will see that some moms have to fight hard to have their VBAC’s, but the feeling of accomplishment is well worth the fight.

If you order your copy of Voices from Kelly in the month of June, there is no shipping!

***I would say to a mom preparing for her VBAC with Hypnobabies, the birth stories are not of moms who are comfortable during their births, indeed some are pretty challenging births.  So it may not be a book you want to read.  If you choose to read it, use your Bubble of Peace.

VBA4C (VBAC after 4 Cesareans)

June 22, 2010

I love inspirational VBAC stories.  This one is especially wonderful because the mom had 4 cesarean births and went on to have numerous VBACs.

Doula's Journey to VBA3C

June 20, 2010

I loved reading this doula’s journey to her VBA3C. Enjoy!

Doula’s Journey to VBA3C

June 20, 2010

I loved reading this doula’s journey to her VBA3C. Enjoy!

US birth statistics – questions answered

May 4, 2010

Thing 2 (age 9) and I just watched this video called Birth by the Numbers.

He said, “This is long (about 20 minutes) but it is REALLY interesting.”

So if a 9 year old gets it and can watch it,  I think anyone can!

Amnesty International recently spoke out about our dismal maternal death rates.

Sometimes the statistics of the US and maternal and infant mortality get a bad rap.  There are not as many people in those countries, what about all our immigrants, etc.  Well, in this video they go over all that and explain where the US stands and why we are last.

Want to take a guess why?

The overuse of cesareans.  It isn’t that there are more complications, it is that our threshold for complications has gone down, but with WORSE outcomes!

Go watch the video and enjoy!  Thing 2 and I enjoyed it.

Another good VBAC article

April 25, 2010

This came out last month, but I just saw it.

A Change of Delivery