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    I just want to let all those ladies out there know that unless there is a medical reason for having another cesarean that a VBAC is possible! My first son, the result of rape, had a huge head and the kid just wasn't coming out the right way. His heart rate kept dropping and the cesarean was just inevitable.

    I was told that because of my strong stomach muscles and the fact that I was young (23 at the time) that I should have no issues with having a VBAC. I got pregnant after getting married about 3 years later. I had to really search for a doctor who believed in the VBAC process. I called three different practices and finally found Dr. Bonnie Gong! If you live in the Seattle Area near Kirkland, WA/Evergreen Hospital, I strongly recommend Dr. Bonnie Gong. She was not only informative, but extremely supportive. She was not just interested in how my pregnancy was doing, but how I was doing as well.

    I signed a consent form and had one false labor. I will not lie, I was scared! Now it seems ridiculous because the chances of rupture are less than 1%, but I was taking that chance. Totally worth it. I would recommend that anyone attempting their first VBAC be very near (less than 10 minutes) or birth in a hospital just to be on the safe side. But, after one VBAC take a glance at this article: and you'll be amazed how much easier and safer a subsequent VBAC can be.

    While not all VBACs are successful it is a good idea to do your research and be prepared for everything. Find out what you can do to prevent another cesarean - exercise throughout your pregnancy, go as long as you can without an epidural (painful but worth it), try not to birth on your back.

    I wish everyone who is attempting their first VBAC blessings =) It is so much different than a C-section and you will be wonderfully surprised at how much energy you have and just the whole process!


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    Thank you so much for the information. My first was a natural birth turned c-section (no meds until I was on the operating table - I walked to the OR!) so I'm looking for anything and everything I can find about VBAC. My midwife agreed that my pelvis was adequate and I am healthy - I was 2 weeks overdue and induced (via cervial balloon)  which I firmly believe caused the need for surgery. I wish I had been given just a couple more days, but our medical system panics at anything out of the normal.

    I love reading successful VBAC stories! Thank you so much!

    Henci Goer

    Carisa --

    Thanks for sharing your story. The research shows that it isn't how easy or hard the labor is or whether it ends in vaginal birth or cesarean surgery that makes for a positive birth experience but whether the woman was a full participant in and agreed with the decisions that were made and whether she was treated with respect and kindness by her caregivers.

    ~ Henci

    Henci Goer

    Here are two good sources of VBAC information, "A Woman's Guide to VBAC" on the Lamaze website and "VBAC or Repeat C-Section" on the Childbirth Connection website. You can also find information on the International Cesarean Awareness Network's (ICAN's) website and at

    ~ Henci

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