A few weeks ago I began questioning myself as to why I was preparing so much ahead of time for my vbac and taking the time to blog about it. I’m not pregnant, and I’m not 100% sure when I will be pregnant again. Why do all this without a due date in sight? After breaking down and talking to my husband about it, I was able to reconfirm my true intentions.
1st- When I do see those two pink lines confirming that I am pregnant, I don’t want to immediately feel dread thinking that I am going to relive my last birth experience. I don’t want there to be any feelings of negativity or fear in sight. I want to feel happy, happy to be pregnant and happy because I know this time will be better no matter what. Even if I end up truly needing a cesarean section it will be better. Even if I have to be in the hospital again it will be better. It will be better because I took the time to prepare myself. This doesn’t mean that my need to prepare will end once I am pregnant.
2nd- I want to get the word out on the high statistics of cesarean sections in the US, along with resources and support for those wishing to VBAC. I’ve been through one cesarean section and honestly I would love to help prevent an unnecessary one from happening to any woman out there. I know so many who have had unnecessary cesarean sections and I can’t help but want to warn others of this is a major issue. I have also found that a lot of pregnant women out there were a lot like me and didn’t know all their birthing options and rights. I didn’t know anything about the effects of certain medical interventions and unfortunately these tend to lead to cesarean sections. Knowlegde=power and can ultimately lead to a better birth experience.
3rd- Preparing yourself for a birth experience takes a good amount of time. Just as finding a new home, purchasing a car or any other big life change, there is a lot of planning involved. The birth of your child can be the most life changing event, thus it should require even more careful thought and research. This includes researching ones birth options, interviewing care providers and deciding on ultimately where one wants to birth. Eating well and exercising to promote good health should be practiced before becoming pregnant so your body is more physically prepared. Another essential part is working past the previous experiences and conquering those fears that could inhibit a woman from being successful in her future birth. Some might be able to do all this in 9 months time and that is wonderful. I’m the type that likes to have things planned out far in advance because it gives me more peace of mind.