Last month I was able to attend the monthly ICAN meeting that was held here in Phoenix. I was excited because May’s topic was “Real Births after Cesarean”. The purpose was to bring to light the real stories of vbac coming from the women who experienced them. None of the hearsay birth stories would be included.
I so much enjoyed listening to these women who had successful vbacs/hbacs here in Arizona. Each was unique in their circumstances, but they all had the same goal: A better birth experience and ultimately one that involved a vbac. The first woman had an un-medicated hospital birth (labored at home until ready to push) after one cesarean assisted by a CNM. The second had a VBA2C hospital birth assisted by a MD. The third had a home birth after 3 cesarean sections (HBA3C) assisted by a midwife and Naturopathic Doctor (legal here in AZ). These amazing women are inspirations to many including myself. I was so grateful that they were willing to share their birth experiences with others. This is just one of the many benefits that joining ICAN has to offer.
I personally know of many women who have had multiple c-sections and feel that they don’t really have another option, other than to have another c-section. While it is a decision that only the mother can ultimately make, I think that it is SO important that they know that a vbac is STILL an option if they want it to be. Here is an article based on scientific research, that found vaginal birth after mutliple c-sections to be a safe option. There are Medical Doctors, Midwives, and Naturopathic Doctors out there who will assist in vbamc and have had success in doing so. It will most likely take a lot of extra work and preparation on your part, but it can and has been done.
Lastly, here is a video that I found on the blog Birth at Home in Az ,of several women who were able to achieve a successful vbac after mutliple c-sections.