Suggestions to help prepare for VBAC

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Suggestions to help prepare for VBAC
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Mon, 08-23-2010 - 9:27am

I was reading some VBAC birth stories on line. One of them mentioned preparing yourself mentally, physically and emotionally. I started thinking, how do I do that?


So, this post is dedicated to any suggestions, tips, ideas, experiences that have helped, or may help preparing for a successful VBAC.


Some ideas I've discovered (which never occured before), pre-natal yoga, prayer, doulas ... what are your ideas?

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Registered: 10-28-2005
Wed, 08-25-2010 - 5:50pm

This is a great topic and I hope some of the others will pipe in.


Other than reading up and knowing what to expect, I think having a birth plan in place would help prepare you. Where, how, music, who's going to be there, etc.


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Registered: 04-18-2009
Sat, 08-28-2010 - 9:12am

Thinking positively, knowing your body CAN vbac, being prepared...


Those are just a few things I can think of.

Rose 


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Registered: 03-12-2004
Mon, 08-30-2010 - 8:22pm

For me, yoga was a wonderful way- and it touches all 3 areas you mention. Mental, emotional and physical. I would add spiritual as well. I did classes and home yoga. Both were beneficial in different ways. Also, this group was ENORMOUSLY helpful.

Some people here have really been helped by hypno-birthing.

Go with what works for you, where your intuition takes you, what has helped you before in preparing for a challenge. Notice where your anxieties and resistances lie. Talk about it with someone you trust and who won't judge or try to talk you into their way of thinking.

Another thing for me, I wanted to prepare myself mentally and emotionally for the possibility that I would have to have a c/s, and how I would want that to go if necessary. In that way I guess it helped me let go a little bit, of that anxiety and focus on VBAC'ing. Does that make sense?

Let us know what you come up with!

Elaine

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Registered: 01-20-2006
Wed, 09-01-2010 - 3:22pm
My Top 3 Prep Tools:
1) YOGA--As a PP said, this really does tend to the physical, emotional, and mental side of preparation
2) Honest dialogue with partner and doctor--I wanted to know exactly what my doctor meant by "supportive of VBacs". Did this mean she would let me just try, or was she really going to support me in it? Also, I needed my husband to know exactly what this meant to VBac. So that even when it got a little scary and tense, when I could have been tempted to just toss in the towel, he knew that he was to keep me motivated, and to keep my eye on the prize!
3) Try to have reasonable expectations. I tend to be pretty level handed and rational under NORMAL circumstances, but it's harder to do that here. So I had to sit my own self down and talk myself through the reality--Wanting a VBac is completely justified, but in the end it's about the Baby. And if a Csection gives me a healthy baby, then I still have everything to be grateful for!