Is it possible to have an empowered natural birth after caesarean? YES! According to ENBAC expert consultant, Sonya Wildgrace, here are 5 tips to a successful ENBAC (empowered natural birth after a caesarean)…..
1. Know your full range of choices- a lot of couples are given biased, information that may be generalised. Your reasons for the first caesarean may be different from other women. Do your best to find out what the circumstances were that lead to your caesarean, then discusses them in detail with an independent midwife or childbirth educator and together you can discover the choices available to you.
2. Make peace with your surgical birth- some women who have had a surgical birth may have unresolved thoughts and feelings around the circumstances that lead to their caesarean. It is vitally important that you can share your unique birth story and be heard with compassion in an environment free from judgement.
3. Take care of your supporters- some fathers may have experienced feelings of helplessness as they watched their partner and baby’s life hang in the balance during a problematic birth ending in a caesarean. In order for him to feel safe to support a VBAC he needs to talk about how your surgical birth affected him.
4. Know how natural birth works- It is vitally important as a woman wanting a natural birth after a caesarean to find out what disturbed her birth process. To do this she needs to understand how a women’s body works in labour. In Sarah J.Buckley MD’s book Gentle Birth,Gentle Mothering, she explains this beautifully in chapter 6-Undisturbed Birth-Mother Nature’s Blueprint for Safety, Ease, and Ecstasy and if you would like to learn how to support the process for a greater chance of a successful VBAC book in for our VBAC workshop at Yin Health.
5. Take personal responsibility- If you find yourself feeling disempowered by a lack of support from your caregiver for a vbac, seek support from another caregiver who is willing to offer you the support that you deserve. We assume that there is a lot of support for vbac, in truth we have to be proactive and find it for ourselves. Misinformation is a large factor in the number of repeat caesareans. There are some helpful websites such as www.canaustralia.net & www.ican.online.org for the latest accurate information and current statistics.
Sonya Wildgrace is an independent childbirth educator and birth doula with over 17 years experience in the industry with a passion for VBAC (vaginal birth after caesarean) counselling & education. Sonya has combined her years of experience as a childbirth educator and counsellor to provide her VBAC Counselling Services and VBAC Workshops at Yin Health Birtinya. Call Yin Health to make an appointment today on 5438 8387.