Your birth. Your choices.
With every birth experience, mothers should be empowered to make the decisions that best suit their needs. Planning a vaginal birth after you've had a baby through cesarean delivery is no different.
With a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) sometimes it's not a one decision process. Some women choose cesarean births and others have physiological traits or factors that make vaginal deliveries unsafe. The first step in planning your next move with this delivery is a whole lot of planning and prep with your birth team.
Sitting down and talking to your care provider about your pregnancy, the conditions of your last birth and how you've recovered from your c-section are all important to know going forward. There's some tests and procedures that doctors may recommend or discourage and you'll need to know their pros and cons before you write your birth plan.
You'll need to mentally prepare too. Vaginal birth is a totally different process and it can be stressful for some parents and even cause some very real anxiety about what they should expect. When you have some comfort measures and a solid support system in place, you'll likely feel more confident and comfortable when the big day arrives.
Doulas can be great resources for parents exploring a vaginal birth for their second baby after a cesarean. Your doula can help you identify while looking for your care provider, what to expect, and even how you can recover after birth.
It's our job to keep you and your family comfortable. From crafting a customized birth plan to managing pain during delivery, your doula has your best interest in mind and supporting whatever decision you make about your baby's delivery. We want you to know all risks, options and choices your family has before you even have your first contraction. The more prepared you are for your vaginal birth after cesarean, the more confident and comfortable your birth can be. If you experienced some trauma from your first cesarean birth, your doula can coach you through these anxieties and empower you to create a birth plan that keeps you in control.
Postpartum Doulas for Your VBAC
Healing after vaginal birth can be a totally different experience from cesarean postpartum recovery and your doula is there to support you during your transition home. You might have more questions about your recovery this time around and the additional support of a doula can take worlds of stress off your shoulders.
With any birth experience, a strong support system is your foundation.
It's okay to feel apprehensive or even nervous as your due date approaches. Your doula is there to support you from the beginning and give you the confidence you need to have a vaginal birth for your next baby's birth.