HBAC: Home Birth After Cesarean

by Birth Without Fear on August 17, 2011

I recently posted about breech births being another variation of normal and shared breech birth stories. My focus the next few weeks will be VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean). I am a VBA2C mama myself and do not believe ‘once a c-section, always a c-section’. Every pregnancy and birth are different and our bodies are designed to birth. Most of the time, if given the chance (i.e.: no interventions), they will do so beautifully. ~Mrs. BWF

HBAC of Jakob Rowan by Kiera (she is the Mama behind Made With Love Cloth Diapers)

My home water birth came about 2 years after the traumatic hospital delivery of my daughter in 2009. My former midwife abandoned me. I ended up having a cesarean section under general anesthesia which I WAS NOT prepared for. I was certain that I could never emotionally deal with another pregnancy and delivery in a hospital setting, so when I became pregnant with my third child, I decided it WOULD NOT take place anywhere near one. I wanted a drug free natural childbirth with no interventions; in the hospital I would never be allowed this due to my previous c-section. I sought out a Traditional Midwife and so began my journey to a home birth after cesarean section…..

Our midwife, Jenn, came to our home on October 6, 2010 for my 36 week prenatal visit. She and her apprentice, Nicole, brought the water birth tub & accessories and went over how to set everything up. My husband and I chatted with them for a bit then we said ‘see you next week’ (for our 37 week visit). Little did we know, she’d see us later that night…..!!!!!

While making dinner, I started to feel some mild contractions. My other two children were born around 36-37 weeks, so there was no question in my mind that this was the start of my labor. Our family ate dinner together and I timed the contractions so I could report to Jenn how far apart they were.

Once they got close together I sent her a text message and she asked me to monitor them a little longer since they were irregular. My contractions were really strong so I decided to try the TENS unit on my back. It helped a lot, so I went upstairs to our bed to lay on my left side, as I was having back labor. Jenn called and asked me to remove the TENS unit so I could give her an accurate description of my pain level. We decided she should get ready to come.

I labored for a while upstairs with our 3 year old son by my side (our 1 year old daughter was sleeping). He wasn’t scared and neither was I; it felt natural and perfectly safe. I began using the heating pad for pain management, due to the back labor I was having. Shortly thereafter our midwife’s assistant, Wendy, came and acted as my Doula while we waited for Jenn and  Nicole to arrive. She applied pressure to my back, held my hand, and encouraged my verbally. She suggested we move downstairs to the family room where the water birth tub was set up.

I was in the tub for a short time before our midwife finally came. I asked to be ‘checked’ because I was having urges to push. I was complete! Wendy held my hands and encouraged my pushing.  I felt like I didn’t know exactly ‘where’ to push, so Jenn showed me with her hands. I pushed for a little longer and we decided to break the bag of waters to help the baby move down more quickly. This did the trick! Just a few hard pushes and Jakob’s head was out. I looked down and saw his head. I reached between my legs and felt him. How amazing!

Another push or two and he was out. Jenn helped bring him to the surface because he was so slippery that I couldn’t get a good grip on him. I held him close in sheer joy while we waited for the cord to stop pulsating  so it could be cut.

home water birth after cesarean

Jakob was 5 pounds 11 ounces and 18.5 inches long, officially born on October 7, 2010 at 1:28am. My journey to home birth was amazing. Not only did my family grow by one, but I also grew as an individual. My home birth experience has forever changed me!

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