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Wednesday, August 1, 2007

10 Reasons Why I'm Doing a VBAC

  • VBAC is usually safer for mom and baby.

  • VBAC reduces the risks of infection to the mother.

  • Labor is good for babies in most cases.

  • Not having surgery makes mom's recovery easier.

  • VBAC reduces the risks of respiratory problems in babies.

  • VBAC involves a shorter hospital stay.

  • More than 80% of women will be able to have a vaginal birth after a previous cesarean.

  • Breastfeeding is easier after a vaginal birth. Usually for a variety of reasons, including faster and more direct access to your baby and less postpartum pain for mom.

  • VBAC can help prevent injury to your internal organs, like your bladder, intestines, or even the need for an emergency hysterectomy.

  • VBAC is less expensive.
  • I'm doing everything to make sure that I can achieve this goal.

    I even hired a doula to make sure that she can help me and walk me through the whole process. Here is the definition of a doula. . (from the DONA Website)

    The word, "doula," comes from the Greek word for the most important female slave or servant in an ancient Greek household, the woman who probably helped the lady of the house through her childbearing. The word has come to refer to "a woman experienced in childbirth who provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to the mother before, during and just after childbirth." (Klaus, Kennell and Klaus, Mothering the Mother)

    A doula...

    Recognizes birth as a key life experience that the mother will remember all her life...

    Understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor...

    Assists the woman and her partner in preparing for and carrying out their plans for the birth...

    Stays by the side of the laboring woman throughout the entire labor...

    Provides emotional support, physical comfort measures, an objective viewpoint and assistance to the woman in getting the information she needs to make good decisions...

    Facilitates communication between the laboring woman, her partner and clinical careproviders...

    Perceives her role as one who nutures and protects the woman's memory of her birth experience.

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