1.Get In Touch With Your Local ICAN Chapter
If you don’t know where to start, I suggest you contact your local ICAN Chapter. They have a lot of resources to help you get prepared for your VBAC journey. They played a crucial part in the success of my VBAC.
2.Find A VBAC Friendly Doctor
I actually found my doctor by asking my ICAN chapter. They referred me to a few different doctors, and eventually I settled on my VBAC friendly doctor. If you are still having trouble deciding if your doctor is VBAC friendly here is a helpful list of characteristics to look for. I found the list here.
3.Get a doula
My local ICAN chapter helped connect me and my Doula. She was in training so she didn’t charge much at all. Don’t over look student Doula’s. Even though they don’t have much experience, their support is priceless.
This may seem like common sense. But research, research, research. If you have any questions ask your doctor, but also research for yourself.
Here are a list of resources/websites
5. Join a supportive community
I was apart of a VBAC group on Facebook. The women in that group helped me so much. They offered support, success stories, and tips. The most encouraging thing was hearing that a VBAC could be achieved. Their success stories kept me motivated.
6.Prepare your body
You can do spinning babies, go to the chiropractor, exercise, yoga etc. Do what you feel needs to be done to prepare your body. It will help you with the physical exhaustion of labor and delivery. It will also help your baby get into position. One move that helped me was getting on all fours and rocking back and forth. I was having back labor for weeks, but doing that helped my baby get into position. I went into labor 3 days after I started.
7.Have a birth plan
Even if it doesn’t go as planned. It’s good to have an idea of how you would like things to go. Your birth should include all of the details that you feel will be important to your birth. Make sure your doctor and your support system have a copy of your birth plan as well
8.(Please consult with doctor on this tip). Take Evening Primrose oil.
My doctor had me start taking it at 33 weeks. I never inserted it into my vagina, I just took it orally. This tip is somewhat controversial among the VBAC community. I will say that I’ve read there is a difference between cold pressed and primrose oil that isn’t cold pressed.
9.Lastly, DON’T GIVE UP
I was in labor 23 hours (After my water broke I had to be induced). The contractions hurt like hell and after 19 hours I was begging for a c-section. However, my husband and Doula were there to encourage me. Without them I would have given up.
If you are a mother who wants to have a VBAC and you are reading this. I send you my positive thoughts and vibes!