Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC) is a great opportunity for mothers to have a reduced intervention based birth post surgery if she desires so. VBACs are often assumed difficult to ‘achieve’, in themselves the births are no harder than any other however having the opportunity to give birth can be challenging in our current health system. Below are some great tips to help you on your VBAC journey.
- Hire a doula – studies show being attended by someone like a doula can increase your chances of a vaginal birth and reduce incidence of intervention
- Know your care provider – shop around for your care provider, whether your going private or public don’t settle for someone who is not in line with your birth goals
- Know hospital policy – All hospitals have different policies surrounding VBACs, its worth getting in touch with your local hospitals to find out about theirs
- Know your rights – it is your body and no one can tell you what to do with it, no test, no intervention, no surgery
- Know the statistics and research – it is very hard to give informed consent if you are not informed correctly and sadly the hospitals legal obligation to ensure you are informed is limited. Make sure whatever information you gather yourself is from a reliable source.
- Use your B.R.A.I.N – Benefits, Risk, Alternatives, Intuition, and what if we do Nothing
- Be prepared – be prepared to face opposition from your care provider on one or more of your desires. Be prepared that they may say you are putting your life or your babies life at risk, this is why it is so important to know the statistics and research relating to your choices. Are they referring to a 0.1% increased risk or are they speaking of a 50% increase. What are the risks of the intervention?
- Surround yourself with love – major complications during birth are actually quite rare so during your labour and birth surround yourself with people who are witnessing you in love and not concern. The medical support is their IF you need it.
- Don’t take on negativity – a lot of us have a habit of projecting our own fears on to others, friends do it, family do it, even care providers can do it. Know that you are the expert of your healthy birth, a previous cesarean does make you damaged goods, an emergency, or unhealthy.
- You can do it – I know you can
I hope these help, if you can share anymore tips, have a question or something to say please comment below.