Caitlin overcame some significant mental hurdles to prepare for her VBAC. She faced opposition from her provider, her family, and even some friends. She dug deep and surrounded herself with a doula and birth team that was incredibly supportive of her choices. She found our podcast, and binged listened to success stories through the end of her pregnancy. The affirmation "I am a Woman of Strength" was her mantra. You will love her inspiring story and will cheer her on right along with us as she shares her VBAC journey. Learn more about mental preparation for birth on our VBAC blog at thevbaclink.com/mental-prep/.

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Taylor’s VBAC and HBAC journey is so inspiring. From C-section to difficult hospital VBAC to a VBAC at home (HBAC), her HBAC ended in a hospital transfer for her baby, due to a concern about blood sugar levels; however, they got sent home the same day after the all-clear from a pediatrician. Taylor is a doula and ICAN member in her community in New Hampshire. Find more about ICAN and how to find a great VBAC provider on our VBAC blog at thevbaclink.com/vbac-provider/.

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It was a lot of work for Amy to find a doctor to support her with her VBA2C. Her first C-section was a classical (vertical) incision with premature twins. Her second, the typical low transverse (bikini cut) incision. Finding a provider supportive of a VBA2C is hard enough without a special scar, but like all the other women of strength we know, she dove into the information and prepared herself mentally and emotionally and found a provider to support her. Her story is full of struggle and victory and is sure to inspire! Find more information on VBA2C and Special Scars on our VBAC blog: thevbaclink.com/blog.

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Maria’s first C-section was for a breech baby. Her provider told her, “Oh, good! I am working on your due date, so we can just schedule a C-section for that morning.” She’s since had two VBACs after preparing for an unmedicated birth, taking a hypnobirthing class, and trusting her gut. She strongly believes in the power of affirmations, including and especially “I am having a VBAC!” Find a hypnobirthing instructor near you at hypnobirthing.com. If you are in Michigan, make sure to check out Maria’s classes.

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Mary’s determination is inspiring! She went from a planned C-section to an unplanned repeat C-section to a triumphant VBA2C after 70 hours of having her water break. Her journey started as a planned home birth, but after labor not starting for over 60 hours, they decided to transfer care to a supportive hospital two hours away from her house. You can find more information on what to watch for when your water breaks and what your provider might suggest for you. Find all of this and more on our VBAC blog at thevbaclink.com/water-breaking/.

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