We have both been so busy with moving, remodeling kitchens, parenting, soccer, gymnastics, being a good wife, (trying to do) self-care, record podcasts, keep up with business, and EVERYTHING that we haven't even been able to catch up with each other. So, we decided to have a fun episode about life and what's been going on with us and the different births we have attended. You will be sure to get to know us a little better and have fun while we shoot the breeze. 

 

Birth topics we discuss:

Our doula careers at @tinyblessingsdoulaservices and @juliefrancombirth

Overcoming emotions as birth approaches

How we feel as doulas when our clients don't get the birth they prepared for

Inappropriate things we have heard providers/staff say to parents in labor

Video content on our YouTube Channel

Clearing our minds as doulas and for parents as we enter the birth space

Releasing fears and emotions

Our signature course How to VBAC: The Ultimate Prep Course for Parents

Episode Sponsor:

This episode is brought to you by our very own VBAC Doula Certification program! Find out more about how to support parents who have had a Cesarean in the most effective ways at thevbaclink.com.

 

Jennifer says: "In 2015, after 41 hrs of labor, I ended up having a c-section. I was sad that my birth plan hadn't ended the way I wanted it to but so happy to meet my baby boy finally! Fast forward 3.5 years, a miscarriage and secondary infertility- I was yet pregnant again! I found the most VBAC friendly doctor in town, went to a webster certified chiropractor every other week, hired a doula, listened to ALL the VBAC podcast, and I was ready! I had prepared myself and my body for birth. I was 100% confident that I would accomplish a VBAC- so was my entire birth team! Then I found out my doctor was going to be on vacation for 1.5 weeks- I was pretty sure he would not be attending my delivery, which made me so sad since he was so VBAC positive. Labor started just after midnight on my due date. I progressed slow and steady- at the 25 hrs mark, my water broke, I was 8 cm dilated. My husband and I were so excited; my body was doing what it was MADE to do!

"We were going to find out the gender of our baby soon!

"Within 10 minutes, everything changed. Nurses and doctors rushed in. The baby's heartbeat couldn't be detected. The fear was that my uterus had ruptured, which is a slight risk you take when attempting a VBAC. My team decided that a crash C-section was necessary; it wasn't going to be a "gentle" section. I was going to be put under general anesthesia. My husband would not be able to attend the birth. I was put under terrified thinking about how I would tell my four-year-old that his brother or sister wasn't going to be coming home. Bad things weren't supposed to happen to rainbow babies.

"My doctor acted swiftly, and he said he was able to remove my baby within 43 seconds of putting me under... 43 seconds! Thankfully, my uterus hadn't ruptured. The cord was wrapped twice around the baby's neck. When I saw my baby for the first time, I quickly noted the pink hat in her warmer and realized I was now a girl mom, which was so shocking because I thought it was another boy.

"Soon after, the tears of joy went back to tears of sadness. Thankfully I had a great support system and reached out to a counselor right away. I knew that I wanted to sort my feelings about my failed VBAC and traumatic birth before those thoughts consumed me. I saw a counselor who specializes in postpartum issues four days after delivering my baby girl. She has helped me work through the fears of almost losing our baby and has been a tremendous asset in keeping my mental health in the right place."

We go on to talk about the difference between a Crash Cesarean and an Emergency Cesarean, and why it is important to know the difference. 

You can find out more about How to Cope When You Don't Get Your VBAC on our blog. 

We want to thank this episode's sponsor, Betterhelp Counseling, whose mission is to make professional counseling accessible, affordable, convenient - so anyone who struggles with life’s challenges can get help, anytime, anywhere. Get 10% off your first month by going to betterhelp.com/vbac

October 14, 2020

146 VBAC Doulas Tell All

This episode is a must-listen! Ten of our VBAC doulas give their best tips and tricks for an empowered pregnancy and birth. There are so many sweet nuggets of information given by these wonderful people that you will be sure to re-listen again and again to soak it all in. To find a doula on this podcast or, in your own state or country, go to thevbaclink.com/findadoula. Guest Doulas:

  1. Kimberly Culver Dulce Birth - Central Texas - Birth hormones and physiological birth
  2. Terri Schelkoph Doula Mama - Lakeville, Minnesota - The people you have in your birth space
  3. Tiffany Muniz  The Doula Tiffany - Breese, Illinois - Choosing a supportive provider
  4. Emmy Howard Birth Wizard - Chandler, Arizona - Teamwork makes the dream work
  5. Brittany LeBoeuf MotherBirth - Lafayette, Louisiana - Staying informed and always learning 
  6. Nicole Ramsey Ada's Gift Doula Services - West Central Indiana - Birth planning and choices
  7. Michelle Holmes Doulaed - Heber City, Utah - 3-minute childbirth education class for the partner
  8. Brooke Volpe Solace Birth Services - Southeast Pennsylvania and New Jersey - Understanding the pelvis
  9. Dominika Buck Alaska Above and Beyond Doula Care - Alaska - Coping with unsupportive family and friends
  10. Sarah Bills - The VBAC Link Admin - Boise, Idaho - Asking questions and being an active participant

Want to become a VBAC Doula? Head over to thevbaclink.com/product/advanced-doula-certification and get started today!

 

Hermaris' first birth was straightforward and boring until the very end when they found out her baby was breech. She was unable to turn her baby and ended with a Cesarean. With Hermaris' second pregnancy, she was forced to switch providers at 30 weeks due to her insurance. After laboring at home for a long time, Hermaris and her husband headed to the hospital. She arrived at a 6 and quickly progressed. Hermaris' birth was full of lots of surprises, but she still got to have her VBAC. 

Meagan takes a moment to talk about prodromal labor. She tells you what it is and what to do when you experience it.

 

Main Episode Topics:

- Breech

- Switching providers

- Prodromal labor

 

This episode is brought to you by, How to VBAC: The Ultimate Prep Course for Parents:

Our course is not a typical childbirth class. We focus exclusively on the extra information you need to prepare yourself for the best chance of a successful VBAC.

How to VBAC: The Ultimate Prep Course for Parents

 

Additional Links:

The VBAC Link Blog

Hermaris' Website

Hermaris' Instagram

Hermaris' Photography Instagram

Hermaris' Shop

Hermaris' Facebook

Hermaris' Blog

Laura's first baby was failure to descend and ended in a Cesarean. 3 years later Laura and her husband were able to conceive with IUI. During her pregnancy, her baby was diagnosed with intrauterine growth restriction (smaller baby than it should be). Through many discussions and changed plans, they took the diagnosis away and changed her due date forward because they knew the day she conceived due to the IUI. Just days before her due date, Laura went into labor. She labored at home and arrived at the hospital dilated to a 10! Laura was able to push her baby out despite the fears and doubts she had. 

At the end of the episode, Julie discusses due dates and what you can do to track the date you conceive. Check out the links below for more information. 

 

Main Episode Topics:

- Failure to descend 

- Intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR)

- Infertility

- IUI (intrauterine insemination)

- Due dates

- Basal Body Temperature (BBT)

 

This episode is brought to you by, How to VBAC: The Ultimate Prep Course for Parents:

Our course is not a typical childbirth class. We focus exclusively on the extra information you need to prepare yourself for the best chance of a successful VBAC.

How to VBAC: The Ultimate Prep Course for Parents

 

Additional Links:

The Evidence on: Due Dates

How to Track Your Basal Body Temperature

September 23, 2020

143 Kate + Birth Outside the US

Kate tells us all about her birth experiences in England and how they differ from birth in the US. She was induced at 38+1 with her first baby, which led to an emergency Cesarean. Kate was so happy that her baby was healthy and safe, but she felt her body "failed" her. She found a supportive provider to guide her through her second pregnancy. Kate went into labor at 41+2 and labored at home until she reached 8cm. She was able to achieve her VBAC with the support of her husband, doula, and midwives. 

 

Main Episode Topics:

- Birth in England

- Midwifery

- Pessary 

- Cesarean Rates 

 

This episode is brought to you by, How to VBAC: The Ultimate Prep Course for Parents:

Our course is not a typical childbirth class. We focus exclusively on the extra information you need to prepare yourself for the best chance of a successful VBAC.

How to VBAC: The Ultimate Prep Course for Parents

 

Additional Links:

Kate's Instagram

Find A VBAC Doula

In this episode, Julie and Meagan talk about their most popular blogs. They go into detail on where they get the information and resources to write their blogs. They also talk about their most popular blogs in more depth. They also talk about their most popular blogs in more depth. Including birth intervals when seeking a VBAC, the CPD diagnosis, big babies, birth trauma and baby positioning. 

 

Use the search bar on our website to search for different topics in our blogs.

 

The VBAC Link Blog

Advanced VBAC Doula Certification Program

How to VBAC: The Ultimate Prep Course for Parents

Keywords/Topics: birth intervals; small pelvis; cpd; big baby; baby position; birth trauma; scar tissue 

In this episode, Molly shares her Cesarean and her two VBAC stories. Her Cesarean was a birth center transfer due to no progression after 5 hours of pushing. Molly's second birth was a VBAC at a birth center where she had a 4th degree tear and was transferred to the hospital to be repaired. Her third birth is what Molly calls her "dream birth" with no tearing!

How to VBAC: The Ultimate Prep Course for Parents

Molly's Blog

Molly's Birth Services Facebook Page

Molly's Facebook Page

Molly's Instagram Handle: @mollywogray

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Topics/Keywords: midwives; gbs; posterior; postpartum anxiety; doula; perineum massage

In this episode, Amber shares her VBAC story! She talks about her Cesarean birth for failure to progress and tells how redemptive her VBAC birth was. Especially when she progressed farther than her first birth.

Also in this episode, Amber, Julie, and Meagan talk about their emotional and mental postpartum experiences. 

We would like to thank this episodes sponsor, Betterhelp Counseling whose mission is to make professional counseling accessible, affordable, convenient - so anyone who struggles with life’s challenges can get help, anytime, anywhere. Get 20% off your first session by going to betterhelp.com/vbac

Topics/Keywords: depression; anxiety; meditation; castor oil; postpartum

Julie and Meagan answer all your questions! From herbal supplements, switching providers, turning your OP baby, dilation, uterine scar, cervical lip, and more!

Advanced VBAC Doula Certification Program

The VBAC Link Blog

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