‘Once a caesar, always a caesar’ is no longer the norm, as more women are successfully achieving natural birth after having a caesarean
Just over a month ago a friend of mine gave birth to a beautiful baby girl.
Sure, heaps of women have beautiful baby girls, but this was her second child, and she is among a group of mothers who chose to have a vaginal birth after a previous caesarean (commonly called VBAC).
Her successful outcome was a result of months of preparation, research and support, and she is a perfect example of how VBACs can be achieved.
She undertook a hypnobirthing course aimed to help her relax during labour, employed a doula (birth attendant) for support, swam and took pilates classes (to help get her baby into a good position), and found an obstetrician willing to support her birth choices.
And now she has a happy and thriving baby, and none of the complications or side effects associated with surgery.
If you’ve had a caesarean and would like to open up your birth choices for future children, here are some facts and tips to get you on the path to a successful birth.