Category Archives: VBAC

HBAC Story: The Birth of Nayeli


The first time I met Piaf was less than a year after the cesarean birth of her daughter, Lluvia. It was the first thing we talked about and we clicked right away being fellow birth junkies. I was honored, 5 … Continue reading

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VBAC Story: The Birth of Oliver William


Since my last post was about improving hospital-based maternity care, today I’m posting a birth story that is a perfect example of how maternity care should look. Heather hired me as a monitrice because she felt safest in the hospital, … Continue reading

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Cesarean Epidemic, cont’d.


Instead of posting myself today, I’m going to continue the topic, by reposting a comment I received on my first Cesarean Epidemic post. I asked how we can turn this epidemic around, and here’s what one of my favorite birth … Continue reading

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VBAC and the Art of Letting Go: Note to Midwives, Doulas, and Mamas


The first VBAC I ever attended completely blew my mind. I watched a woman move from excited and hopeful to the darkest, scariest place of fear, to surrender, to extraordinary power and then to the softest, most tender human presence … Continue reading

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VBAC and the Art of Letting Go, Part 3


We’ve been talking about how to get into the right frame of mind for having a VBAC.  Here are a few more tips: Get determined. Believe you will have a VBAC. Stay away from naysayers or negative birth stories. When … Continue reading

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VBAC and the Art of Letting Go: Part 2


In the last post, we discussed ways to process the trauma of a c-section in preparation for VBAC. As you do that, begin to incorporate these habits into your life: Practice letting go. When your child or partner tests your … Continue reading

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VBAC and the Art of Letting Go, Part 1


As an ICAN chapter leader, and as a midwife, I give out lots of information on VBAC.  I tell women that the research shows us that VBAC is safer than Elective Repeat Cesarean (ERCS).  I recommend things like chiropractic care, … Continue reading

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