This is often due to insurance companies, hospital policies
and misinformation. (Click
here for a story of an OB who was pressured by her hospital to up her
cesarean rate) I did my research and found that elective repeat
cesareans have risks of their own. For me, I wanted the experience of
having a Vaginal birth and decided that was the best choice for ME.
You have the right to make the best decision for YOU and
your baby. If you choose to have a cesarean, here are some
resources to help you create a
positive cesarean experience.
I have had 2 great VBAC’s. I think there were quite a
few things that contributed to my success.
Hypnosis: I feel that
hypnosis really helped me to get over
my fears from my first birth and to develop a positive I can-do it attitude.
I felt very confident that I would be successful birthing my baby, I was able to
recover a trust that my body could carry a baby full-term and have a vaginal
birth. I love the Hypnobabies program because it has a fear release CD you
can listen to as many times as you need. I also have resources for
different hypnosis CDs for healing and dealing with your cesarean and extra
Supportive Care Providers. My OB was supportive
and the hospital staff was supportive. This helped a lot, because I didn't
have to fight for my rights, they were fighting for me, on MY side.
It is worth the hard work to find a supportive care provider. Your best
option may be a midwife.
Doula Support: I think this can be invaluable.
I didn't have one for my first VBAC but did for my 2nd one. Great and
wonderful to have an extra person to give you support. I know my first
VBAC would have gone more smoothly had I used a doula.
Husband Support: I think this is really important
too. My husband believed I could do it. His belief helped me.
great inspirational positive VBAC
birth stories here. These will encourage you and believe you can do it
Links for VBAC information
video of a moms journey to a VBAC after 3 cesareans (you can read her story
Another VBAC moms site with GREAT information, including "Don't Freak, Know the Facts" and "Questions to
Ask to find a TRULY Supportive OB/Midwife"
"Let's put this all in perspective stats from Williams
Obstetrics and Varney's
The concept of uterine rupture is scary. It certainly is a risk to be
considered when thinking about a VBAC. However it is important to note that
nothing is with out risk.
Lets say the risk of uterine rupture is 0.19-0.8% with a low
- The risk of miscarriage after amniocentesis is 0.5 to 1% (a
procedure offered routinely to many women)
- The risk of a cesarean delivery following induction is 5.9 to
- The risk of hysterectomy after an elective cesarean is 0.2%
- The risk of long term affects from an epidural are:
- Backache 19%
- Frequent headaches 4.6%
- Migraines 1.9%
- The risk of fever with an epidural is 15%
- The risk of developing gestational diabetes is 7%
- The risk of a hypertensive disorder (high blood pressure and
related issues) in pregnancy is 5-10%
- The risk for preterm birth is 12%
The point of this is not to be doom and gloom. The point is that
uterine rupture needs to be put into perspective, that the risk is not an
outlandishly high number, when in fact, the risk is very low when proper
screening and proper precautions are taken. "
Special Hypnosis CD's for VBAC moms and Cesarean Recovery
Hypnobabies now has a VBAC Success CD in
addition to their wonderful Home Study or Live Class! Want to learn more about Hypnobabies from other moms taking it? Join
the Hypnobabies Yahoo
group! (please be sure to send your introduction,
you can not be approved without it!)
VBAC Success CD
This wonderful two-track CD was created for all of our moms that understand
that their body knows just how to birth a baby. It is dedicated to the amazing
women who are determined to give birth vaginally after a previous Cesarean, in
comfort, joy and love!
Track # 1: My VBAC Success - In deep hypnosis, you are given many powerful
suggestions for vaginal birth preparation, optimal positioning of your baby,
strengthening of your uterus, avoiding negativity, and complete VBAC confidence.
Taking you farther than you ever imagined with positive re-framing of any fears
or concerns, you are allowed to enjoy a daily dose of support and very effective
inner training for VBAC success.
Track # 2: VBAC Birth Visualization - In this deeply relaxing visualization,
you *create* your own positive and very successful VBAC birthing, just as you
desire it to be. From the start of your birthing throughout the dilation phase
and *moving past any challenges from your last birthing*, as well as easily
birthing your baby into your own arms, your mental VBAC birthing rehearsal
instills a blueprint for success that allows you to fully enjoy your pregnancy
with this baby to the fullest. Knowing that your VBAC birth is possible, your
inner mind will then create behavior and circumstances that reflect your
positive VBAC Birth Visualization’s perfect plan! Enjoy.
at Amazon or at Hypnobabies.
An MP3 of the Hypnobabies VBAC tracks are now available for immediate download! Click here to visit the Hypnobabies MP3 page.
CD for Cesarean -
my last mom had
an unplanned Cesarean and I created a CD called
“Postpartum Cesarean Healing and Celebration!”
If any of you have need for this with any of your students or doula
clients, feel free to contact me. It focuses on acceptance of the course of
birth, validation of her choices, physical healing, affirmations to move her
into motherhood and breastfeeding – “Smile to yourself and congratulate
yourself on doing absolutely everything needed to give birth to your beautiful,
precious baby. Giving birth to your baby by Cesarean allowed your baby to come
into the world in the safest possible way. You made this choice because you are
a good mother. You are a good mother.”
Janet Field (505) 797-5935 www.janetfield.com
Janet is also able make your own personal Hypnosis CD dealing with your
Earth Mama Angel Baby
also has a guided relaxation CD for C-section recovery.
C-Section Recovery CD provides guided relaxation techniques to help energize
your body to heal more quickly and increase your energy following a cesarean
section. Get back on your feet more quickly with these gentle guided relaxation
CD Tracks Include:
- 1)C-section Recovery Visualizations to encourage the natural process of
- 2)New Mama Companion to provide much-needed support and encouragement
- 3)Healing Music to help you relax and allow time for yourself to recover