Willow Magazine CREATING LIFE - Page 117

Supporting a VBAC (ENBAC)

thinks of feels in an emergency birth situation, or ever.

If you don’t have a partner to support you in this way, you can find one. Find someone who believes in you, knows (or is willing to learn) the process and is ready to hold a safe, sacred space for you and your baby. Whether they be your husband, partner , mother, friend or trusted doula - it’s really up to you.

Once you have this valuable asset to your birth team you are halfway there.

The role of your partner is a very fulfilling one. They have the opportunity to be your biggest fan, your rock, fuelling you with encouragement, trust, acceptance and self-belief! The goal is for your partner to jump on board with you and embrace your desires for an ENBAC. Once you have this valuable asset to your birth team, you are halfway there!

Second Level of Support - With Woman

The next team members to have in your corner are your midwife, doula and obstetrician. Choose a medical team that supports and advocates for natural birth and who have experience with successful VBAC births.

Don’t be afraid to interview them; ask them their statistics and what their protocols are. Do your best to overcome feeling baffled (or bullied). Bring your partner along to help you in these situations. Knowledge is power. Be informed from credible sources. Choose your second level of support wisely. Learn about the circumstances that led to your previous surgical birth so you can prepare to support a different outcome.

I might add that your obstetricians concerns are valid based on your previous operation.

valid based on your previous operation. A Caesarean is major abdominal surgery. An ENBAC woman has had her uterus opened up surgically and during birth - thus there are certain complications that could arise as a result of the interruption

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IMAGE CREDIT: Kelly Jordan

IMAGE CREDIT: Kelly Jordan

IMAGE CREDIT: Kelly Jordan