My second was a hospital VBAC with an old army OB that said he had "seen everything unlike all the young doctors these days". He said the army doesn't want to pay for surgery so they do much more natural birthing in army hospitals, or used to anyways. I went to him because other women had said he attends Vaginal Births After Cesareans. When I interviewed him, (I paid for his service and interviewed him for the job) he was so mellow and said that a VBAC should be no problem for me. We had to drive an hour to get to him as he was in another town. I had the support and encouragement of our local Bradley Childbirth teacher. My doctor continued to be mellow and supportive throughout. Fourty two hard hours of active labor and a 10lb 2oz baby and I was ecstatic and my uterus did not explode much to the shock of some practitioners. I listened to my body honestly and believed in my bodies capabilities.
My third baby was born in the Birth Center in Topeka Kansas. We traveled two hours and fourtyfive minutes away this time since the last hospital had changed its policies. Lovely birth. Just lovely. I labored in the huge labor tub and listened to music and ate wonderful food as I felt like it. My midwife told encouraged us to go for long walks and eat lots of yummy foods first thing when we came to the birth center on labor day. Some of the best food of my life that day. Milo was born into my own hands with smiles all around. We all sat around for a couple of hours chatting and eating on the big queen bed before we went back to our hotel to sleep before driving home the next morning.
There were no hospitals that would attend a VBAC here in Des Moines so I went with the one and only midwife in town or even close to me that would attend a VBAC. I interviewed many midwives in the area but none would go to the hospital with me if problems should arise.
Sheryl was blessedly late for Archimedes fast birth and it was just Jaymon and I with the boys sleeping peacefully in the other room. It was our vibe, our mood that we set and no one else there to disrupt my groove. I danced my baby out listening to Jack Johnson in my livingroom with Jaymon and remembered the wisdom of a woman who thinks birth is a natural and empowering part of life that women should embrace and even geek out on. Thanks Ina May. You touched my life.
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