Guest Post: hopes for a VBA2C

**This is the sixth in a series of guest posts about VBACs (vaginal births after cesareans). In an attempt to have my own VBAC (hopefully next year), I’m hearing stories, trying to overcome my fear and learning as much as I can. This post comes from Allie (Baby Birthing Mama) who is hoping to one day attempt a VBA2C (vaginal birth after TWO c-sections). Please read her story below and visit her blog.**

My name is Allie and I am the mom behind The Baby Birthing Mama. Ironic really since I feel like I haven’t truly birthed either of my kids. I am a mama of two wonderful little monsters. I was a young first time mom. I found out I was expecting Landon when I was just 17. I knew immediately that I wanted a medication free vaginal birth. Sadly I went to the private insurance OB/GYN. He told me at 39 weeks that I should just schedule a section because if I tried to labor I would probably end up with a c-section if we tried induction. I still harbor strong negative feeling towards that OB and don’t EVER recommend his practice when asked.

With my daughter I was 18 (almost 19) when we found out I was pregnant with the spitfire that is Emaree (emery). I picked up a couple books from Barnes and Noble. I was lucky because they had Henci Goers “The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth!” This book was what moved me toward a VBAC attempt. I unfortunately was unable to achieve my VBAC due to cascading interventions. Emmie was born via cesarean under general anesthesia due to an incompetent Anesthesiologist. Emmie had no heart decelerations or any other reason for the general beside the fact that the Anesthesiologist couldn’t place a spinal correctly in my back. Again I’m still bitter, but more so about this attempt than my other non-attempt.

Next year, if all goes as planned, we would like to start trying for our third baby. I love babies. I would be a Duggar if my fiance and finances approved. I am seriously one of those crazy ladies. For our next little one we will be trying for yet another VBAC. The difference is this time I would really like to try to have our little one in our home (hba2c). I know I can do it! I know my body is equipped to have a vaginal birth. I also have fears like other VBACing mamas. My main fear is another c-section. I had such difficulties bonding with our daughter after her birth and still feel the effects of it from time to time. My other big fear is having to be transferred to a hospital. I know that if I’m not close enough to pushing I will be an automatic section again because I am attempting a VBAC with two uterine scars.

I have so many other things I want to prepare before starting to conceive again. My main goal is finding a midwife I’m comfortable with who will attend my birth. I really hope to avoid the hospital again so this time we will shop around before we just choose. My advice for any mama is check around for your provider. If you start seeing red flags GET OUT FAST! Also PLEASE make yourself knowledgeable. You dont need to know everything but being uneducated can kick you in the ass down the road! It can also be hard to come to the realization that you may have been able to prevent something if you just known better. My final piece of advice is YOU ARE STRONG! Your body is made to have babies. Trust it!! So many woman today don’t trust that they have the strength to birth, but they can!!

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