Redemptive VBA2C in Madison, Wisconsin
Photographer: Nicole Streeter
Birth Story written from Mom’s perspective:
“I did a LOT of research and found out not only the risks of a vba2c (vaginal birth after two cesareans) but also the risks they don’t tell you about repeat cesarean sections..the info that was never provided to me by my first two care providers for this pregnancy. Once I felt confident that I wanted to attempt a vba2c I had to find my team...I started by asking Trav, "what would you say if I told you I wanted to try for a vba2c?" His response honestly surprised me when he said, "I think you should do it if thats what you want because I know how important it is for you" (love this man!) I saw two OBGYN’s who were very clear that they and their hospital policies would not allow for me to even attempt it, but I didn't let that defeat me...I left every appointment up till 20 weeks crying, stressed, scared, tired of fighting for something I seemed to understand better than those OBs. While talking to Nicole she kept mentioning how I needed to meet the midwives in Madison. I called and spoke with Kim, then met with Mara and used Emily for my main appts and the delivery of our Miss Lilly!
At 40 weeks and 3 days I decided to be induced as I was starting to swell and had pre-eclampsia with my first two pregnancies. The balloon catheter got me to 4cm pretty fast. They broke my water a few hours later and contractions picked up and I was really feeling them. My birth team ( Trav, Alie, Nicole and Emily) helped in many ways, encouraging me, empowering me, giving counter pressure and simply just being there for anything and everything I needed. The world revolved around me and this baby! We walked the halls, me, Trav and the girls danced, we used the bath, squatting the birthing ball, the back of the bed, the bath again. I made it to 5/6 cm in five hours of breathing and them screaming through contractions. They watched me sooo closely and we stopped and started Pitocin a few times to make sure things didn’t go way too fast. It got to the point that my contractions were too strong and my body wouldn't relax to do what it needed to do to turn and drop baby into the right position. So we decided at this point that I needed to rest and I got an epidural around 1:30/2 a.m. Around 5:45 a.m. we finally made it to push point!!! In an hour and a half I birthed my FIRST vaginal birth! My husband got to catch our baby and he said it was the most amazing experience of his life.
The support I received from my Midwife, Emily, Travis, my Sister and Nicole will never be forgotten. I was heard, encouraged and empowered...they never let me waiver and they helped me push myself through things I've never pushed through before. Finding the right team and believing in my body was the most important part of this experience. Vaginas DO open and babies DO come out!”
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