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How to Have A Successful VBAC (How I Did It)

How to Have A Successful VBAC

How to have a successful VBAC
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I would say my VBAC was one of my greatest achievements.  With the support of my husband, Doula, doctor and the wonderful nurses I was able to have a successful VBAC.  I believe that there are actions take that will help you increase your chances of having a successful VBAC.  Here are my tips on how to have a successful VBAC.

How to Have A Successful VBAC

How to Have A Successful VBAC


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.

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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. She gave me all of the tools I need on how to have a successful vbac.

4. Educate yourself

This may seem like common sense.  But research, research, research.  If you have any questions ask your doctor, but also research for yourself. I read a lot of books and got all of the items VBAC essentials list.

Also, reading stories of successful VBAC’s help.  I have a series successful vbac stories.  I found them very  helpful when I was pregnant with my third child.  Affirmations are also a great way to educat yourself and prepare your mind set.

VBAC Stories:

VBAC Stories : Till This Day I’m Still In Awe

VBAC Stories : A Hospital VBAC Without Fear

VBAC Stories: After Birth Pains The Night I Almost Died By Melissa Hertz

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 plan 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.  My husband and Doula were there to encourage me so I didn’t give in.  Without them I would have given up.

Update:  I did go on to have another successful VBAC and I think it was because I used all of these tips.

If you are a mother who wants to have a VBAC and you are reading this.  I send you my positive thoughts and vibes!

-Healing Mama

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13 thoughts on “How to Have A Successful VBAC (How I Did It)

  1. @Mckenna thank you so much for stopping by! Congrats on your VBAC what an awesome achievement. Yes it can be done and I hope other potential VBAC momma's see your comment and feel encouraged!

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