How Doulas Support VBAC Births
VBAC is short for Vaginal Birth After a Cesarean. This means that a woman has experienced a TOLAC (Trial of Labor After a Cesarean) and has birthed her baby vaginally. The ACOG (American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists) recommends a TOLAC for most women with previous cesarean births.
For many women, a VBAC is their goal.
Often times on local Facebook boards (such as the local ICAN boards) we see the question, "How can I have a successful VBAC?" Answers come pouring in and among one of them is typically hire a doula!
The truth about doulas is we support any outcome and are a valuable asset to any birth team.
The bigger truth is a doula can't promise you a VBAC.
How do we support a mother who previously birthed her baby by cesarean desiring a vaginal delivery?
We check in by phone or email.
We suggest position changes.
We get water.
We apply pressure, massage, and hot or cold.
We help you and your partner navigate what birth looks, smells, and sounds like.
In short, we doula.
Because your birth shouldn't be reduced to four letters. Your birth isn't JUST a VBAC. It's YOUR BIRTH and that deserves the careful, customized attention that we give to each and every one of our clients. A VBAC is your goal and your birth is so much more than the end result. It's a journey. It's a story you'll tell over and over. Every twist and turn in your experience is a unique one.
The best advice for someone who desires a vaginal delivery is this: assemble a birth team that knows, respects, and supports your wishes. Make sure you fully trust that team. Prepare yourself with a birth strategy. Surround yourself with positive stories.
As a person with a goal of VBAC, you may face unique situations during your pregnancy and birthing time. A doula is an indispensable listening ear to help you process, vent, and adjust your plan moving forward.
Considering a birth doula for your team? Learn more about what Birth Doula support looks like!