The attitude of Brittany’s first birth provider resembled something more like a prison warden than a caregiver. Add to that a completely dysfunctional hospital and you have the makings of a truly traumatic C-section. This experience motivated Brittany to do a whole lot of research and make some very specific plans for her second pregnancy, which she’d hoped would be a VBAC.

You know what they say about the best laid plans? Well, her second pregnancy didn’t go according to plan. Pregnancies rarely do. Did she end up having a successful VBAC? Listen to Brittany tell the story.

Check out our blog, Myth-Busting: 5 Facts About Doulas that will Shock You for more information about how having a doula can make your birth a positive experience.

Like many first-time parents, Sarah’s experience giving birth to her first child didn’t go as expected. She ended up having a Cesarean after her providers didn’t fully explain all of her options, nor did she know all of the questions she should have asked at the time. Even though her second child was a VBAC, she still wanted something more from her third birth experience. Third time’s a charm? Let’s find out.

Check our our blog, 5 Steps to Get Your Partner on Board with VBAC, for tips you can use to help get a less supportive partner on board with your plans for VBAC.

So much attention is given to your physical preparation for VBAC. But what about your mental and emotional preparation? Professional doula and Structural Integration specialist, Kristy Burtenshaw talks to us about some things that none of us would guess come into play when approaching birth. Do you know what structural integration is? How about how your fascia relates to that? Do you know what your fascia is? How about Hellerwork? Rolfing? How about Russian sports massage superficial friction? It sounds like we just made up those last couple terms, right? Well, we didn't, and those are all things that could very well help you in your journey to your own VBAC. Kristy explains it all in this Special Episode. Find our more about her and the work she does at http://www.dancecore.us/ 

 

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Summer had her VBA2C after moving to a brand new area where she didn't know anyone or have any connections to a supportive provider. However, everything ended up coming together perfectly and you will never guess how! Shortly after she got pregnant she found us at The VBAC Link and was hooked on our podcast from the get go. Find our more about how to find a supportive VBAC provider on or blog at thevbaclink.com/post/vbac-provider

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Sara’s first pregnancy, with twins, included several severe complications that lead to an emergency Cesarean. Her VBAC was empowering and life-changing and ignited her passion for birthwork which lead her to become a doula. Sara has combined her studies in linguistics with her passion for birth creating a revolutionary new area of study in how the way we speak about birth impacts our birth outcomes. Tune in to Sarah’s own Podcast, Birth Words, wherever you listen to podcasts or at https://www.birthwords.com

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Kimberly is a rockstar! Preparing for her VBA2C involved hard conversations with her husband who was not initially on board with her plans, a 5 day long labor, a birth center transfer to the hospital, and one glorious meeting of her baby after just 18 minutes of pushing. Kimberly took the online version of our course  How to VBAC: The Ultimate Prep Course for Parents which helped educate her and her husband on their options for VBA2C. Kimberly’s doula, Meagan, played a huge role in her birth. Looking for a doula who knows all about VBAC? You can find a VBAC trained doula near you at thevbaclink.com/findadoula

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Renay is truly an inspiration! Her first birth, a Cesarean, left her feeling defeated and exhausted. Over the next three years she worked so hard to get her body in the best physical shape for pregnancy and birth. She lost a lot of weight and drastically improved her overall health. She prepared in all the ways she could and educated herself as much as possible about VBAC. Infact, she was one of the very first students to take our How to VBAC course for parents. After 3 days of labor, she got her VBAC! Just wait until you hear the intricate details of her journey. It is a must hear! Read more about VBAC pregnancy nutrition on our blog https://www.thevbaclink.com/post/2-herbs-to-help-you-prep-for-vbac and then head over to our Facebook and Instagram pages and let us know what YOU did to prepare for VBAC!

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Today we get to hear the story of Brittany’s 3rd Cesarean from Illinois who had a repeat Cesarean after an attempt at a VBA2C. Her birth journey led her through some inspiring moments where she was really able to connect with her intuition and her baby. She did lots of research ahead of time for family centered Cesareans and how to have the best Cesarean experience possible, if it came to that. This allowed her to have a really great experience with her birth, despite its unexpected turn and her diligence in preparing for VBAC. Find all the info mentioned in the episode and how to cope when you don't get your VBAC on our VBAC blog at thevbaclink.com/blog

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What a more fitting episode for labor day than an episode all about body autonomy DURING labor! You raved about special episode 14 with Dr Stu and Midwife Blyss from Dr. Stu’s Podcast so we invited them back for an episode on body autonomy and birth. Here we discuss with them what the most important thing is for making your voice heard, especially in areas where you have limited access to birth choices and/or VBAC. What is more important, common sense or education? Can you walk into a birth room with all the education in the world and still not be respected? Is saying “NO!” simply enough? We discuss all that and more so you can walk away knowing exactly what you need to know to have full control of your birth. Find our more about All things VBAC related on our VBAC blog at www.thevbaclink.com/blog

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Today we get to hear from Shannon, one of Julie's own doula clients, share the story of her VBA3C (VBAC after 3 Cesareans). So many women are told VBAC is not an option after just one Cesarean, let alone 3. As you listen to Shannon’s story, pay attention to how she tuned into her intuition, got educated, and was completely in control of her pregnancy and the 41 hour long induction at 41 weeks and 5 days. The induction came after her provider recommended a repeat Cesarean and told her she would only have a 10%-15% chance of success. Then, find out more about VBAMC on our VBAC blog at https://www.thevbaclink.com/post/vbamc.

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