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What You Will Learn From This Episode:
A VBAC stands for Vaginal Birth After Cesarean. After having a cesarean (also known as a c-section), your chances of being able to have a natural, vaginal birth decrease slightly but that does not mean that it is not safe. In this week’s episode, Cory and Jenn open up about their VBAC experience with the birth of their youngest child and hope that if you are expecting and would like to try a VBAC, that this episode will provide some hope, action items and positive energy around this somewhat controversial subject.
**Disclaimer** Please work directly with your medical professional directly if you desire to attempt a VBAC. The views and information presented in this podcast are merely Jenn and Cory’s experience and are by no means meant to be anything other than their opinions and shared experience on the subject. Thank you for listening!
- Several Movies/Documentaries worth watching on this subject. Many of them are on Netflix: https://www.thebusinessofbeingborn.com/
- Winnie Palmer Hospital For Women and Babies – https://www.facebook.com/winniepalmerhospital?fref=ts
Items Mentioned In The Podcast:
- Two important terms: VBAC and TOLAC. TOLAC is Trial of Labor After cesarean. VBAC is vaginal birth after cesarean. You attempt a VBAC and go through a TOLAC to get to your VBAC.
- Before you decide if a VBAC is for you or not, do your research. Watch some documentaries and read about birthing in the United States. Find out what type of birth you want to do. (home birth, hospital birth or other). Call a birthing center for more information.
- Find a doctor that will do a VBAC since some refuse to do them. If you have had an incision that was a horizontal incision internally (not the cut on the outside that you can see), then you might be a great candidate for a VBAC. If your incision was also vertical, it might not work. Also things to look out for are long labors. If you have labored for a while prior to your first cesarean, it might mean that you are not a good candidate for a VBAC. Ultimately, this is the doctor’s decision, but you have every right to know about everything every step of the way so don’t be afraid to ask!
- Do some research on what Pitocin is and if/how you will use it in your labor. This is a decision between you and your doctor, so work hard to come up with a good plan.