An Emotional Birth Journey to VBA2C

A VBA2C Birth Story – Elizabeth Quinn

Elizabeth Quinn is married to Percy and they are raising three girls in Jackson, Mississippi. Her daughters are Chesley Cox, 6 years old, Anderson Lillian ‘Anders’ 4 years old, and Adella Calhoon 22 months old.

In almost seven years of motherhood she’s gone from the totally oblivious first time mom, focused on the nursery and stroller and clueless about all things birth related to a certifiable birth junkie. The journey from unwanted, unplanned, unnecessary cesarean section to incredible VBA2C (vaginal birth after two cesareans) has given her a passion for birth education and vbac support.

She’s now a co-leader of her local ICAN chapter, coordinator of the Jackson, MS Improving Birth Rally, and administrator of a Facebook group that advocates for evidence based practices in maternity care called Birth Circle.

Elizabeth did her fair share of research and preparation for her VBAC and has since been connected with even more amazing birth resources so you’ll definitely want to check out her resource list. 

You can listen to Elizabeth’s fourth birth story (another VBAC) with her first BOY after three girls here And here are links to our original parts 1 and 2 broadcasts:

 

Resource Links

International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN)

ICAN of Jackson, Ms Facebook page and blog

Improving Birth

Evidence Based Birth

VBAC Facts

The VBAC Project

Trial of Labor

BLOGS

Birth Without Fear

Mama Birth

CHILDBIRTH EDUCATION COURSE

Birth Boot Camp

BOOKS

‘Ina May Gaskin’s Guide to Childbirth’ by Ina May Gaskin

‘Cut, Stapled, Mended: When one woman reclaimed her body and gave birth on her own terms.’ by Roanna Rosewood

‘The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth’ by Henci Goer

‘Birthing Normally after a Cesarean or Two’ by Helene Vadeboncoeur

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After Five Out of Hospital Births, Blythe Fike Decides it’s Time for an Epidural

Blythe Fike Shares Her Sixth Birth Story – The Epidural Birth

Y’all, I’m not gonna lie, this episode strays a bit from what you are typically hearing on The Birth Hour, but it was actually one of my favorite episodes to record. Blythe Fike is a mom of 6 and wife of 1 living in Southern California. After 5 unmedicated, out of hospital births, she went rogue for number 6 and headed to the hospital… on purpose. She loves talking all kinds of birth and you can find her sometimes doing that at thefikelife.com.

Blythe’s episode is pretty light hearted and will definitely make you laugh but I also think it’s so valuable in that she wasn’t afraid to trust her gut and go for the type of birth she wanted even though she had done things very differently the first FIVE times! I love how Blythe and her husband tease each other about how funny the hospital birth experience is after having so many homebirths. These two obviously really know each other on all sorts of levels and make an awesome birthing team.

Resource Links

The Bradley Method

Spiritual Midwifery – Ina May Gaskin

The Business of Being Born

Hospital Births with Midwife and Doula

In this birth story episode, Victoria Easter Wilson shares her two hospital births attended by midwives. The first birth was kind of overwhelming for her husband so when they were pregnant with their second daughter they spent some time processing the first birth story and preparing more this time by hiring a doula. This is a great episode if you want to hear some positive hospital birth experiences – I mean check out that tub and bar she got to use at the hospital!

Victoria is a wife and WAHM​ ​who​ ​thinks the Internet can be used for good and not evil if you have the right intentions​. ​She is a new doula and birth educator, passionate about supporting women in their motherhood journeys. When she’s able to sneak away from​ t​he busyness​ ​for a few hours, you can find her enjoying a pretty latte and the company of a friend…also probably talking about birth. Connect with her on Instagram.

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Joni Edelman’s Homebirth Transfer Birth Story

Today’s guest is Joni Edelman who shares the story of her most recent birth which was a planned homebirth that ended in a hospital transfer. She talks not only about the labor and birth but about the emotions behind not having the birth that she had dreamed of. She recently wrote an article titled My Labor And Birth Didn’t Go As Planned — And No, I’m Not ‘Over’ It  and received quite a bit of backlash for it.

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I know from my own experiences as well as the hundreds of birth stories I’ve heard that there are many women who can relate to the sentiment of Joni’s article. Often women who are dealing with birth trauma are told that having a healthy baby is all that matters but research and antidotal evidence has shown that birth matters. It’s important for stories like Joni’s to be heard so women hear that it’s OK to mourn the loss of the birth they had hoped for while still being grateful for their healthy baby.joni-edelman-ravishly

Joni Edelman in a nutshell!

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Body-positive intersectional feminist. BP Type II. Diet industry dropout. Wife. Mom of 5. Bibliophile. Cake aficionado. Editor In Chief @ Ravishly. Types 17 WPM. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Hospital Birth Story with Retained Placenta – Bricia Lopez

Bricia shares her hospital birth story and all of the preparation she did prior to the birth and although the birth went very much like she had hoped, her placenta didn’t come and she had to be taken to the OR. Listen to her tell her whole story in her own words.

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Bricia Lopez’s Bio

Bricia is a partner at Guelaguetza, LA’s temple for Oaxacan cuisine.  She has become a staunch proponent of Oaxacan culture and an integral figure in the gastronomic culture of Los Angeles.  Her blog, moleandmore.com reaches a wide audience of young people in search of cooking tips and cultural experiences.  Her and her family’s story have been featured in a number of multi-media national and international publications.

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Bricia was also recently invited to the White house to participate in a roundtable discussion with President Obama and eight other of the country’s business leaders on immigration and economic issues.  She has also spoken of young immigrant issues in front of Mexico’s President, Enrique Peña Nieto.

Bricia also co-hosts Super Mamas Podcast alongside her sister where new, experienced and expecting mothers come together to exchange knowledge and support. Connect with her on Instagram.