Cesarean Birth and VBAC Birth Stories

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Before getting pregnant with her first child, Brittany had hoped and planned for an unmedicated birth. Due to an unnecessary induction and several interventions her first birth ended in a cesarean. Immediately following that birth, she began preparing for a VBAC.

3.5 years later she was able to have a successful, unmedicated, intervention free VBAC. Unfortunately, it was not the redemptive dream-birth she had envisioned due to the treatment she received from the on-call OB. She shares her journey of processing and healing from two very different traumatic births.

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Brittany DuValle Bio

Brittany is a nurse who lives in Northern California with her husband of 10 years and their two daughters, Josephine who is 4, and Wilhelmina who is 9 months. Connect with her on Instagram: @broseduvalle or Facebook: Brittany Rose DuValle.

Resources

  • ICAN
  • Birthinginsticts.com – Dr. Stu
  • Dr. Stu’s Podcast
  • VBACFACTS.org
  • Informed Pregnancy Podcast

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Cesarean Birth for Fibroid Followed by VBAC Birth Story

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When Mia found out that she was pregnant with her first child, her hope was to have a peaceful unmedicated birth. However, at an early ultrasound, she discovered that she had a fibroid above her cervix possibly obstructing her birth canal. After the fibroid continued to grow, her medical team told her that she would need to undergo a cesarean birth, or she and her baby would be in danger. After being told that she would likely not go into labor, Mia and her fiancé, James, scheduled a Monday morning surgery. So, naturally, Mia was shocked when she went into labor on the preceding Thursday night and had her daughter via peaceful, uncomplicated c-section early Friday morning. 

17 months later, Mia became pregnant with baby number two and, despite what her previous doctor’s told her, she decided to switch doctors and try for a vbac (vaginal birth after cesarean). After being diagnosed with gestational diabetes and months of close monitoring, it seemed that her fibroid had grown to a hefty 8cm and under doctor’s advice, she scheduled a repeat c-section. When an ultrasound revealed that the baby’s head had moved below the fibroid, Mia and James decided to cancel the c-section and let nature take its course. With the support of her new obgyn, she went into labor at 40 weeks after a membrane sweep, and gave birth to her son via an amazing unexpected vbac at 40+1.

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Mia Burton Bio

Mia is a 29 year old government worker by day. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her fiancé, James and their 2 year old daughter, Jovie and their 3 month old son Marley. She aspires to become a birth doula and an advocate for Black women’s maternal health. 

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Empowering VBAC After Fearful C-Section

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Mari became pregnant with her second child in September of 2018. After an anxiety-ridden fearful c-section 2 years prior, due to failure to descend, she was determined to have a VBAC!  She experienced a lot of push back from doctors, family, and her partner. Ultimately after facing her anxiety, getting her partner on board and breaking down all her VBAC fears, she was successful in birthing her son via VBAC in May of 2019. She shares the journey of her healing birth, including breaking up with two doctors in her both her second and third trimester and her empowered labor and delivery with a full female staff.

Marilys Vega Bio

Mari Vega, a Motherhood Advocate, believes in nurturing women navigating motherhood, whether they are looking for support with breastfeeding or trying to balance life at home and in the workplace. Being a mother of two small children and having over 9 years of experience in Human Resources, Mari understands first hand the hurdles that present themselves physically, mentally, emotionally and unconsciously during the postpartum period and thereafter, ie re-entering the workforce. Her experiences have given her tremendous insight on how to coach women on nurturing their motherly instinct, confidently breastfeeding and manifesting a work-life balance that showcases their strengths. 
She can be contacted at or on Instagram @mari_vega. Her website is www.marivega.me

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Resources

  • International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN)
  • The Birth Hour
  • VBAC Link
  • Spinning Babies

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A Healing VBAC with a Surprise Guest

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VBAC after Traumatic Cesarean Birth

After a traumatic c-section, Allison knew she wanted to try for a VBAC. During her pregnancy she did everything she could to stay healthy, both mentally and physically She found the online birth community and learned everything she could about birth. After 42 weeks, she was induced at the hospital and had the most empowering and healing VBAC while surrounded by her incredible birth team of women and her supportive husband.

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Allison Lynch Bio

Allison lives in Madison, WI with her husband Jesse and their two children. She is a research administrator at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Allison and her family love spending as much time as they can outdoors, even in the cold Wisconsin winters. Although her first birth ended up in a traumatic emergency c-section, she is an advocate for natural birth and is very passionate about postpartum support and finding help when you need it. She is active in her local birth and new mother communities, so if you are local she can connect you. Connect with Allison on Instagram @AlliLynch14, on Facebook at Allison Lynch or via email: Allisonglynch@gmail.com.

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Resources

Birth Without Fear by January Harshe
Fearless Birthing by Alexia Leachman
ICAN closed Facebook group
The Birth Hour Mamas Facebook group (join via Patreon)
Podcasts: The VBAC Link, Fear Free Childbirth, The Birth Hour
The GentleBirth app

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Cesarean Birth, Failed VBAC, No Regrets

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Induction Turned Cesarean Birth Stories

After having a fairly easy and healthy pregnancy, Vidita was excited to meet her daughter soon as her due date approached. Unfortunately, she never went into labor and at 41.5 weeks hesitantly agreed to go in for an induction, as recommended by her doctor. Not knowing the strong correlation between inductions and C-sections, Vidita was completely blindsided when her induction stalled and led to a non-emergency C-section due to “failure to progress”.

In the months after her daughter was born, Vidita spent endless hours nursing her round the clock while simultaneously thinking about all the things she would do differently when she became pregnant again. She was convinced that the choices she had made had led to her first C section and she was determined that her birth outcome would be different the second time around. She felt like somehow she had failed by not achieving a vaginal birth. She read all about VBACs and researched everything that could possibly increase her chances of success.

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When the time came, Vidita did everything to achieve that VBAC – she hired a doula, found a VBAC supportive provider, gained the minimum recommended weight, worked out – and as her due date approached, she tried everything that could possibly induce labor, from eating dates to acupuncture. This time she had made sure her doctor would let her wait until 42 weeks hoping that was enough time to let her body go into labor naturally. Unfortunately, it didn’t and she was back in the same boat and scheduled for an induction at 42 weeks.

Even though her induction went much better this time around and was so close to being a VBAC, she stalled again around 8cm and they called it given the circumstances. During surgery, the doctor found her son was sunny side up and it would have been a very difficult vaginal delivery, if successful. Vidita had an amazing gentle caesarean experience, and got to do skin-to-skin with her son in the OR right away. She had an incredibly easy recovery and was able to go home after 2 nights. She is thankful there were no emergencies in either of her births and her babies always came out healthy and strong. She has no regrets!

Vidita Chopra Bio

Vidita has a Masters in Public Health from UC Berkeley, with a focus in Maternal and Child Health. She lives in the Bay Area with her husband Matt, 3.5-year-old daughter Ellora, and 2-month-old son Helix. Vidita currently works at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute as a Project Coordinator managing health services research. Instagram handle: vidcho Email: vidita.chopra@gmail.com

Resources

https://www.acog.org/Patients/FAQs/Vaginal-Birth-After-Cesarean-Delivery

VBAC Facts

Spinning Babies: Comfort in pregnancy and birth

January Harshe’s Birth Stories

In this episode January Harshe shares her first four birth stories: a cesarean, a homebirth transfer to cesarean, a hospital VBAC after being dropped from care by her homebirth midwife, and a very healing unassisted homebirth. You can hear her 5th and 6th birth stories on her podcast that she hosts with her husband, The Harshe Podcast.

January Harshe Bio

January owns Birth Without Fear where she blogs and runs its social media sites. January recently published Birth Without Fear: The Judgment-Free Guide to Taking Charge of Your Pregnancy, Birth, and Postpartum. She also blogs at the Harshe.blog and hosts The Harshe Podcast with her husband Brandon. She also organizes MeetUps and Conferences, speaking at those and other events across the country. January has formula fed, pumped, breastfed, tandem nursed, used a crib, co-slept, homeschooled, and sent them all to school. Basically, she does what she can with what she has, learns from it, then does her best. No matter what she’s doing to survive the craziness of motherhood, she loves her children and knows she’s a good mother.

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