A third time VBAC mum’s empowering hospital birth after a traumatic birth

My first baby was a Caesarean for breech. It was quick, easy, and stress free – a generally positive experience. Regardless, I knew that if I got pregnant again, I would like to have a normal birth, not another Caesarean.

Fast-forward a year later, I’m pregnant!! This time, from early on, my baby was head down. I discussed the option of VBAC with everyone I could. Doctors. Midwives. Friends. Family. Online resources. I could not get enough information in me. I was healthy, fit, and everyone agreed, a fantastic candidate for a normal birth. Continue reading

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Birth Preferences Template

My Labour, Birth and Postpartum Preferences: Getting to know me and my family

This form gives you a chance to describe your preferences, values and concerns for your labour, birth and postpartum experience to the people who will be caring for you during your hospital stay. It may also remind you of your own wishes for your childbirth experience.

Your choices and preferences are important. However, being flexible and open to changes is also important since no one knows how your labour will progress. Unplanned events may change the care you need. Language like, “If possible…,” “unless medically necessary…,” “I prefer…,” tells the staff that you know that a change in plans is sometimes needed. Continue reading