In this section of our website you can read stories about other parent's experiences of planning for a Vaginal Birth After Caesarean (VBAC). Pregnancy and birth stories are a great way to learn about situations similar or different to your own. We'd love you to send us your own story to share with others.
The Bella Birth of Finley Samuel Humphreys
"Unfortunately, I skipped the parts about cesarean, as in my mind I wasn’t having “one of those”. It wasn’t even a thought. I didn’t even consider it an option. That was a mistake. It made me very underprepared for what eventually unfolded." This story of Finley Humphreys Bella birth is inspiring and amazing, and speaks about a personal bella birth experience.
Birth At Home After Caesarean
"From low groaning comes the occasional grunt, deep throaty noises from Penny tell the midwife the baby is low and nearing the end of the journey to the outside world." This story shows the journey and success of a birth at home after having a caesarean birth.
Lisa's Birth Story
"I woke up from a lucid dream that I had a baby kicking in my tummy. Within the week I had confirmation that what I had was no dream, I was expecting my 3rd child and was already 17 ½ weeks pregnant. Wow." This story tells us the amazing experience of having a third child and the success of a VBAC.
The realisation of a dream: Yukon
Lisa woke up from a lucid dream that she had a baby kicking in her tummy. Within the week Lisa had confirmation that what she had was no dream – she was 17 ½ weeks pregnant with her third child. After delivering her first two babies by caesarean, Lisa set out in search of the practitioner who would support a VBAC.
The Bella Birth of Xander Blake Bromwich
VBAC Birth Story: The sensations grew in intensity and I was breathing deep in through the nose and moaning long deep moans. Occasionally I would say “open” as I exhaled. Jaymes and Amelia dripped warm water down my back with a face washer, patted my face with a cool damp washer, hugged me and held my hands.
The homebirth of Archie McGuire Wolfe
I have NO regrets about my homebirth. I am incredibly proud of myself & feel that I can achieve anything. I birthed a 12lb 4oz(5.56kg) baby after a 22hr labour without drugs & without tearing (thanks to the magical birth pool) after 4 previous c/sections.
My birth story of Lucas
I’ll never forget what an awesome experience my vba2c was, I'd repeat it 100 times if I could. I had previously done my research and realised I could do it. I started to attend a vbac group many months prior and met some awesome women that made me feel normal, that it was ok to grieve over having a C-section. They provided so much information and helped me decide how I was going to birth.
Why does it matter where and how women give birth?
After 2 so-called emergency caesarians at one of Sydney’s premier private hospitals, I had a baby who weighed more than 4 kgs, naturally, and without intervention, with the help and exceptional care of my private midwives. In obstetric parlance, I am now known as a successful VBAC2.
Along came Ava
In 2007, pregnant for the first time, I knew I wanted one thing: continuity of care. Based on the experiences of those around me, I had formed the opinion that birth was a medical event.
How I Prepared for Birth After My Unplanned Caesarean
My work as a doula started only after I had experienced the birth of my second child Bailey, which was a natural vaginal birth into water. The birth of my first child Karl was by caesarean section after a cascade of interventions in my attempt to have a normal vaginal breech birth.
The Successful VBA4C Birth of Jamie Wolfe
The Successful VBA4C Birth of Jamie Wolfe born 8th March 2011. A birth story written by Jamie's Mum.
The Pregnancy and Birth of Phoenix Jean
Phoenix Jean Blanc was born at home on the 5th of March 2011 at 6.02am with the help two beautiful midwives. My first birth was a caesarean.
Successful VBAC With Gestational Diabetes
One mothers journey to a vaginal birth after after caesarean with Gestational Diabetes. Late in this pregnancy, this mother changed care givers to midwives who supported her aims for a vaginal birth.
Lilli Amba Coombes - Tragic Story
A tragic story of the loss of one families daughter during a VBAC due to uterine rupture.