Rachel is on today’s episode sharing her birth stories. For her first child’s birth, Rachel was offered a Cesarean at 30 weeks pregnant because her doctor thought her baby was too big. When she finally delivered at 39 weeks, her baby was just eight pounds, five ounces. She was scared into an induction that led to Cesarean by her doctor who told her horror stories about women who had “big babies.”  Her VBAC pregnancy was just four months after her Cesarean and labor was only a few hours long. You can read more about failure to progress, what that really means, and what is DOESN’T mean on our VBAC blog: thevbaclink.com/blog.

Please note, in order to get stories from all over the country, and even other countries, we record using phone lines. For this reason, audio quality may vary between episodes and speakers.

Today we talk to Miranda, who is such an engaging storyteller! You will love listening to her tell her birth stories. Her provider told her she can schedule her birth like she schedules a haircut! Miranda had two Cesareans, one unplanned, and one scheduled, after her provider did a major bait and switch and went quickly from VBAC supportive to unsupportive when Miranda hit 41 weeks and everything didn’t go perfectly. She then went on to have a safe and successful VBA2C with an induction. You can find out all the details about VBA2C on our VBAC blog: thevbaclink.com/blog.

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Shiraya worked hard to learn everything she possibly could to prepare for her HBAC (home birth after Cesarean).  For her first child’s birth, she was unprepared for everything that would happen. An asynclitic baby led her to a Cesarean at 8cm dilated. When she found out she was expecting baby number two, she knew she wanted a different experience and found a supportive birth center with a midwife who trusted in her ability to birth. Shiraya’s third baby was a home birth transfer that ended in another VBAC, but was slightly traumatic. Her story is so inspiring and you will be laughing along with this fun woman of strength. Find out more about home birth safety on our VBAC blog: thevbaclink.com/blog.

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What an incredible episode we have for you today! Lyn Christian is Julie’s and Meagan’s business mentor, a triple-certified business coach, and a master of all things conversational intelligence. We talk all about how to have an effective conversation with those you love and care deeply for that may not be supportive of your birth choices. If you have ever felt judged or hurt by people who you want to support you, this is a must listen! You can find out more about Lyn on her website, soulsalt.com, and find the referenced TedX talk Head, Heart, and Gut here. We have an overview on how to have an effective conversation about VBAC with loved ones on our VBAC blog at: thevbaclink.com/blog.

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Jennie has had quite the experiences with her births, her first C-section was due to placenta abruption at 28 weeks gestation. The circumstances surrounding that birth caused trauma and difficulties for her. She went on to have two VBACs, one of which the labor lasted more than 28 hours. We then talk about preterm C-sections and what evidence says about the chances for VBAC. As always, you can find the referenced information on our VBAC blog at: thevbaclink.com/blog.

The sponsor for this episode is Earth Mama Organics. We LOVE their safe and clean products for mama and baby and have both personally used and recommend their products to our clients. Bonus! You can get 20% off your Earth Mama organic purchase by entering promo code "VBAC" at checkout at earthmamaorganics.com.

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Bethany has such an inspiring story. Her first Cesarean was due to a poorly positioned baby and a placenta abruption. For her VBAC, she faced the same circumstances with an asynclitic baby, but got baby’s position straightened out to end in a successful VBAC at a birth center. Find more about getting your baby in a good position on our VBAC blog: thevbaclink.com/blog.

The sponsor for this episode is Earth Mama Organics. We LOVE their safe and clean products for mama and baby and have both personally used and recommend their products to our clients. Bonus! You can get 20% off your Earth Mama organic purchase by entering promo code "VBAC" at checkout at earthmamaorganics.com.

Please note, in order to get stories from all over the country, and even other countries, we record using phone lines. For this reason, audio quality may vary between episodes and speakers.

Surprise! It's Julie's Birthday! To celebrate, we have a very special birthday episode for you, all about Julie. You will learn things about one of your favorite podcast hosts that you never knew including, her rock paper scissors tactics, that time she got kicked in the head by a horse, her tropical skydiving adventure, and even a little bit about her relationship with Mr. Julie Francom (Don't tell him we said that, haha!). She even sings Happy Birthday to herself in Korean. Read more about Julie on our website at thevbaclink.com/julie and don't forget to hear over to our Instagram and Facebook pages and wish her a Happy Birthday!

Schermisia has such an incredible story! She fought really hard for her VBAC and made so many educated and intuitive decisions along the way. We have been wanting to share a story from a woman of color for a while now, and, in this episode, we are going to share the specific challenges women of color face in the birth room and why they have to work so much harder, in some regards, for an empowered birth experience. As always, you can find the referenced information on our VBAC blog at: thevbaclink.com/blog.

The sponsor for this episode is Earth Mama Organics. We LOVE their safe and clean products for mama and baby and have both personally used and recommend their products to our clients. Bonus! You can get 20% off your Earth Mama organic purchase by entering promo code "VBAC" at checkout at earthmamaorganics.com.

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Jeanine is such an inspiration and a beautiful example of a woman of strength. Her VBAC preparation was perfect. She took a VBAC prep class, hired a doula, switched providers (twice), and overcame a lot of fears. Her baby’s birth took an unexpected twist when Jeanine spiked a fever and determined a repeat Cesarean was necessary. Listen to her story and hear how many small victories she had as she prepared to birth and labor started. Jeanine is a prime example of being 100% in charge of what was happening at her birth. You can find more about coping through unexpected changes in birth plans and healing from the loss of a vaginal birth on our VBAC blog at: thevbaclink.com/blog.

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The most controversial and fear inducing issue surrounding VBAC is uterine rupture. Although uterine rupture is rare, it does happen. Today we are talking about how to process fear surrounding rupture, what the real facts are, how to recognize it if it happens, and that the real consequences of rupture truly are. This episode is jam packed with information and experiences that will leave you feeling even more ready to conquer your birth experience with confidence. 

Please note, in order to get stories from all over the country, and even other countries, we record using phone lines. For this reason, audio quality may vary between episodes and speakers.

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