Making the decision to go for VBAC can be a stressful one. Well meaning friends and family members sometimes can't understand why wouldn't choose the 'easy' option of a planned caesarean section. As you know caesarean birth is far from an easy option - and now you will have a toddler to consider too. Giving birth is a rite of passage and many women feel they missed out in someway by not experiencing a vaginal birth.
Prepare for your VBAC. Boost your confidence as you look forward to a positive birth experience.
Many women planning VBAC question their ability to give birth vaginally, especially if their previous birth ended in an unexpected caesarean birth. The loss of control can become an overwhelming fear. A planned repeat caesarean may be the safest choice in a small number of situations, but for most mothers and babies the overall risks of surgical birth outweigh VBAC risks.
Many women planning a VBAC will have unique emotional issues to resolve. Sometimes the emotions within themselves are enough to impede their chances of achieving a normal birth.
Take time to consider how you are feeling before the birth, and try to work through your emotions before labour.
The GentleBirth Confident VBAC CD will increase your feelings of control by rebuilding your confidence in birth and your trust in yourself and your baby with encouraging positive imagery and self hypnosis for a more positive, fear free birth experience.
The GentleBirth ‘Confident VBAC CD includes 4 Tracks:
Track 1 - Introduction to Hypnosis
Track 2 - Affirmations for a Confident VBAC
Track - 3 - Confident VBAC Hypnosis Session
Track - 4 - Music for Birth
The Irish Caesarean and VBAC Guide
1 in 4 Mothers in Ireland will give birth by caesarean this year.
In Tracy Donegan’s latest guide to birth in Ireland she explores the epidemic of surgical births in Ireland and the growing number of women choosing VBAC (vaginal birth after caesarean).
The Irish Caesarean and VBAC Guide provides answers to the many overwhelming questions associated with caesarean birth and VBAC. Informative and supportive, The Irish Caesarean and VBAC Guide critically examines the risks and benefits of surgical birth and VBAC in an easy to read format for all expectant parents to consider when making informed decisions about their care.
o Tips from Irish women – what they wish they’d known.
o Strategies to help you avoid an unnecessary caesarean.
o How you can have a positive caesarean birth.
o Recovering from a caesarean birth – healing physically and emotionally.
o Breastfeeding and caesarean birth.
o Once a caesarean always a caesarean?
o VBAC in Ireland – how to stack the odds in your favour of a safe, empowering VBAC.
o The latest research and recommendations for safer caesareans and VBAC.
About the Author
Tracy Donegan is the author of the Better Birth Book – Taking the Mystery and Fear out of Childbirth (Liffey Press 2012). Tracy is the Founder of Ireland’s first professional Doula service and is a Certified Doula trainer for DONA International. Tracy is also the Founder of the GentleBirth positive birth program.
Tracy is married with two sons and lives in Meath.
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