VBAC's and Doulas

I personally have had 2 VBAC's myself.  In 2012, my first daughter ended up being an elective cesarean due to being breach in an awkward position at 38 weeks and unfortunately didn't have a supportive team that felt confident enough for me to go into labour spontaneously. In 2015, I was able to find a private midwive who supported VBAC's and was able to help deliver my son completely un-medicated within 5 hours from my first contraction on the hospital floor. And in 2020, my 3rd child who was also a girl decided she liked the breech position as well and when my waters leaked at 38 weeks, we waited 34 hours for my body to go into labour, but it for some reason didn't. I went into my local hospital just hours after waters leaked and they confirmed she was in a frank breech position and they didn't support breech deliveries so said they could only give me a cesarean. I declined and was able to be transferred to a breech clinic at Westmead Hospital where there was an experienced, supportive doctor. After the 34 hours of waiting, we decided to be induced for risk of infection since my waters had already broken the day before. 3.5 hours later, I delivered my daughter vaginally breech. It was amazing and empowering.

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"Numerous clinical studies have found that with a doula who provides continuous support during labor, women have shorter labors, fewer complications, and fewer cesareans. Women are also less likely to need pitocin (a labor-inducing drug), drugs for pain relief including an epidural, and forceps or vacuum extraction. They are also more likely to be satisfied with their birth experience. Research shows that all women should be allowed and encouraged to have continuous support during labour. The ancient tradition of wise women caring and guiding other women in the journey through birth is making a comeback. In an increasingly high-tech environment, birth doulas are gaining popularity with expectant parents and quickly becoming an integral part of the maternity healthcare team.

 

Studies from several countries including the United States, Sweden, South Africa, Canada, Guatemala and Mexico show that when doulas attend births, women have shorter easier labors, request less pain medications including epidurals, are less likely to require oxytocin to speed up labor, and the use of forceps or vacuum extractors. Babies are also healthier and breastfeed more easily. Mothers have also said they were much more satisfied with their birth experience." -From www.vbac.com