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VBAC Stories

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 Xander Blake Bromwich

The Bella Birth of Xander Blake Bromwich 31.10.12 at 1:49pm (39wks 4 days) 3.54kg - 52.5cm - Head 34cm Saturday 27th:  I notice many changes such as tender breasts and mucus turning from whitish to the fertile raw egg white kind. Sunday there was a bloody show (light pink tinge to the mucus). I remember telling Jaymes about it saying, “It will probably still be a couple of days yet but things are happening.” I’d also been getting lots

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The homebirth of Archie McGuire Wolfe

The homebirth of Archie McGuire Wolfe The homebirth of Archie McGuire Wolfe 06/08/12    12lb4oz (5.56kg) HBA4C My greatest achievements in life have been my 9 gorgeous children. Each of the journeys that delivered them to me has been unique. With each new pregnancy, my “risk” status grew in the eyes of healthcare providers & I became more determined each time to have the birth that I felt was not only mine by right, but what was best for myself,

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My birth story of Lucas

My birth story of Lucas By Carolynne Glover Just a brief history of prior births: 1st C-section - was induced because of back pain at 39w2d. Being my 1st, I didn't know any different and I thought my dr was doing what was best for me. On the night of the 2nd of March, I had the gel to get my cervix to ripen. By morning I was 2cm and ready to go. Around 8am on the 3rd of

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Why does it matter where and how women give birth?

Why does it matter where and how women give birth? By Bashi Hazard Thank you.  It is an absolute privilege to be with you today.  I am standing here before you because, in September last year, something remarkable happened to our family, something I am very eager to share with you today.  After 2 so-called emergency caesareans at one of Sydney’s premier private hospitals, I had a baby who weighed more than 4 kgs, naturally, and without intervention, with

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The Successful VBA4C Birth of Jamie Wolfe

The Successful VBA4C Birth of Jamie Wolfe Jamie Wolfe was born the 8th of March 2011 As a mother of 8 beautiful children, I have quite an extensive birth history. Before Jamie’s birth I had had 13 pregnancies - 3 vaginal births, 4 c/sections, 5 miscarriages & a successful VBA4C. Two of my c/sections were failed VBAC attempts. During the early stages of my pregnancy I was still very committed to another attempt at VBAC. I began researching more

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Lilli Amba Coombes – Tragic Story

Lilli Amba Coombes - Tragic Story Born 18/04/05 at 3.20am Weighing 8lb 8oz and 55cm long You were a complete surprise to us at first but how wonderful for Jack (your big brother now 3 ½) to have a play mate. At 6 ½ weeks we had our first scan and your due date was April 18th 2005. We didn’t want to know what sex you were as it’s the best surprise waiting and guessing. After having an emergency

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My Journey to Homebirth

A wonderful and positive VBAC story. In Karen's first pregnancy she planned waterbirth. The birth ended in a failed induction of labour and caesarean. For her second pregnancy Karen planned a homebirth ...

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Vaginal Birth After Caesarean (VBAC)

Vaginal Birth After Caesarean (VBAC) By Jane Palmer The incidence of caesarean births is on the rise. In the past caesareans were not common, but now in Australia almost 1:3 women will give birth by caesarean. Australia greatly exceeds the World Health Organisations recommendation that the caesarean birth rate should not be greater than 10-15%. If a woman gave birth by caesarean, it used to be thought that she could only give birth by caesarean in the future –

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Successful VBAC With Gestational Diabetes

Successful VBAC With Gestational Diabetes This is the story of the pregnancy and birth of my second son. My first son Sam was born by emergency caesarean after a dream pregnancy, 20 hour labour and getting stuck at 9cm dilatation with an anterior lip. This time I had morning sickness for 16 weeks, back pain from 10 weeks, gestational diabetes from 29 weeks and frequent, often painful Braxton-Hicks from 26 weeks. Doctors and hospitals in Australia will not allow

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VBAC Excerpt

VBAC Excerpt By Jane Palmer If you’ve have had a caesarean birth and you get pregnant again, the question arises as to whether you can give birth vaginally or whether you’re going to need another caesarean. To some extent, the answer depends on the kind of caesarean you had. Most are done through what’s called a low transverse incision; that is, across the floor in the lower part of the uterus. Women who have a low transverse incision are

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The realisation of a dream: Yukon

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. So I decided to visit my private obstetrician who had delivered my two sons Benjamin and Jonathan via caesarean. He however was on leave and had a substitute obstetrician temporarily standing in his place. Through her,

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Successful VBAC with Gestational Diabetes

This is the story of the pregnancy and birth of my second son. My first son Sam was born by emergency caesarean after a dream pregnancy, 20 hour labour and getting stuck at 9cm dilatation with an anterior lip. This time I had morning sickness for 16 weeks, back pain from 10 weeks, gestational diabetes from 29 weeks and frequent, often painful Braxton-Hicks from 26 weeks. Doctors and hospitals in Australia will not allow induction with drugs for women

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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. So I decided to visit my private obstetrician who had delivered my two sons Benjamin and Jonathan via caesarean. He however was on leave and had a substitute obstetrician temporarily standing in his place. Through her,

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Birth At Home After Caesarean

Ivan had rung to say Penny had called her doulas and was ready for the midwife to attend. It was a cold May night, so it took me a little longer to get ready. I’ve always enjoyed wrapping my woolen cloak around me as I go off into the night to attend a birthing woman. It feels very medieval and I feel linked to all the other midwives down through the ages that have been woken in the early

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The Bella Birth of Finley Samuel Humphreys

To begin my birth story of Finley, I first need to go back and tell you a bit about my first birth. It was an uneventful pregnancy; I felt great and was looking forward to welcoming my baby the way Mother Nature intended. I did yoga, ate well, exercised and prepared myself by reading lots of info about natural birth and active birth techniques. Unfortunately, I skipped the parts about cesarean, as in my mind I wasn’t having “one

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Maggie Sofia – Born 9 April 2015

My beautiful baby girl Maggie Sofia is my second child. Her birth was a calm and healthy VBAC. Her story starts when my first child Mateo was born. Mateo was born by emergency caesarean section, after a 36 hour stop – start labour. Hospital staff told me I was failing to progress, interventions were required to speed up labour and as a consequence my baby boy went into distress. I was told that possibly the umbilical cord was wrapped

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