Today we are chatting with Molly from Alabama. States in the deep South are notoriously NOT VBAC friendly and women in these states have an even harder time finding the support they need. Listen closely as Molly shares the details of her birth while navigating the difficult local birth culture. Her first Cesarean was due to her baby being breech, and her second baby, her VBAC, was posterior until AFTER her due date. Learn more about breech babies and how to get them to turn on our VBAC blog at https://www.thevbaclink.com/post/why-babies-go-breech-and-5-things-you-can-do-about-it

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Jessica’s story is an exciting one. Her first birth was a crash C-section under general anesthesia at 34 weeks gestation with a 2 and a half week long stay in the NICU for her baby. Her VBAC baby was born after just 5 hours of labor and was a healthy, full-term baby. Listen closely through Jessica’s journey as it unfolds and hoe she trusted in herself and her ability to guide her through her birth. Find out more about trusting your intuition on our VBAC blog at https://www.thevbaclink.com/post/intuition 

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Today we are honored to have the notable, social media dominating Flor Cruz of Bad Ass Mother Birther with us! Flor is taking the birth world be storm by sharing uncensored images and videos of all types of birth on her social media pages. Today, we get to listen to her own amazing VBAC story and listen to how her births brought her to doula work and changing and influencing the birth world. Make sure you are following her on Instagram @badassmotherbirther and on Facebook

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More about Flor Cruz taken from her website https://badassmotherbirther.com

I have a deep seeded passion for childbirth and always have.  I have been supporting families through pregnancy, birth and postpartum for over 4 years now and love what I do.  To be able to help families on a larger scale with easier accessibility, I started BAMB in 2017. My focus is teaching about rights and options in childbirth, and exploring normal physiological birth.  The U.S. has a dangerous cesarean rate and the highest maternal mortality rate in a developed country with the numbers continuing to rise. I am dedicated to spreading awareness and normalizing the birth process.  And I also believe that sharing uncensored, raw images of birth helps to normalize birth in a spectacular way. Above all, I want families to be aware of risks, benefits, options, choices and bodily autonomy. With all that, each family can make educated decisions that are right for them.  There's no "right" or "perfect" way to birth. That idea varies from person. Acceptable and unacceptable risks vary from person to person. But families cannot make those decisions with full consent or refusal if they do not have all the information being made available to them. This is my goal and hope.

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Today we are talking to Katelyn from Boise! We first heard of her VBAC success when she posted some amazing images of her birth in our Facebook community, The VBAC Link Community, of her catching her own baby at the hospital. Her labor was an unassisted home birth transfer and lasted 42 hours total, all unmedicated. One of the coolest parts of her story? She was 42 weeks and 4 days pregnant! Tune in for a crazy journey and such a fun story. Then make sure to join our VBAC community and find her post to see all the cool images from her birth.

You will remember Chelsey from episode number 4! She was with us when we were brand new, very first starting up the podcast and we are so excited to have her back with us again. Chelsey’s first birth was a breech VBA2C, you can listen to her story on the podcast AND watch a video of it on our youtube channel here. This time she shares her story of her second VBA2C, also beech, and you will NEVER guess where this little one decided to be born! This episode is a must listen and you will be giggling the whole way through right along with us! Find out more about breech birth on our VBAC blog at https://www.thevbaclink.com/post/why-babies-go-breech-and-5-things-you-can-do-about-it

Today we are excited to have Alicea from Florida share her story, she has such an inspiring story for you. Her journey is difficult; her VBAC baby had shoulder dystocia and she ended up with a severe tear and other complications but, despite the difficulties she overcame so much to get to the birth she desired. Since her VBAC she has become very involved with ICAN, is a chapter leader, and edits the blog for the national ICAN page. Learn more about shoulder dystocia and other VBAC information on out VBAC blog at thevbaclink.com/blog

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Today we are talking with Christina and her VBAC induction. VBAC induction is, perhaps, the second-most controversial thing surrounding VBAC besides Uterine Rupture. Luckily, Christina had a supportive team who guided her through a gentle induction. When her baby’s heart started showing signs of distress, the room filled with people who helped her and baby recover and continue laboring safely. Listen to the exciting story and details in this episode, then head over to our blog talking all about The Four Main Reasons for Cesarean. Learn how to (safely) avoid them, learn more about issues with fetal heart tones, how to help them, and other commonly avoidable reasons for Cesarean. 

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We are SO excited to share Rachel’s story with you today! Rachel is one of Meagan’s own clients and her story is so inspiring. She started educating herself right from the very beginning, and was one of the very first people in our “How to VBAC: The Ultimate Prep Course for Parents” class when it launched in Utah. She switched providers and followed her intuition closely as it guided her through some very specific decisions during her pregnancy and birth. You don’t want to miss this VBAC Birth Center Transfer story. Find out more about the online version of our VBAC prep class at www.thevbaclink.com/vbac-class

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If you’ve ever wondered what chiropractors actually do to help you prepare for birth, this is a must-listen episode. Today we are interviewing Steven Roushar, from Flow Chiropractic, a local chiropractor based out of Lehi, Utah. We discuss all things related to chiropractic care and preparing for VBAC. He talks about his own wife's VBAC and then, he reveals the most embarrassing way he met Julie. This is a must listen for anyone wanting some great info coupled with a good old belly laugh. Find out more about chiropractic care and VBAC on our VBAC blog at https://www.thevbaclink.com/post/benefits-of-chiropractic-care-for-vbac

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Today we are talking with Chelsey, who found The VBAC Link right when we started! She listened faithfully to each episode to prepare for her VBAC, but at the end of her pregnancy, there were some important things that came up that guided her to choose a repeat Cesarean. If you want to know what following your intuition feels like, you NEED to hear this story. Find out more about why your intuition is your most powerful birth prep tool on our VBAC blog at https://www.thevbaclink.com/post/intuition.

 

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