Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC)
I counsel many women who have given birth by cesarean section and wish to give birth vaginally. Women hoping to have a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) benefit enormously by preparing for the upcoming birth. Acknowledging the impact of a previous birth experience can be an important part of preparing for a subsequent pregnancy, birth and postpartum period.
Women who give birth by cesarean undergo major surgery and may experience a range of feelings as a result. Most women who have had a cesarean are greatly relieved and happy to have a healthy baby. But some women also feel disappointment, or a sense of failure. Others feel fearful or even traumatized after experiencing unexpected complications and a birth in the operating room.
For some women, pregnancy can trigger intense feelings that have not been sufficiently resolved following a cesarean section. I believe that discussing the previous birth, as well as preparing for the next birth, is an important process to undertake to prepare for VBAC.
For private VBAC sessions to prepare emotionally, physically and spiritually for vaginal birth after cesarean, please contact me. I offer these sessions for women/ couples in Sharon, MIlton and Jamaica Plain.
Contact Lois Freedman by phone at (781) 784-1380, or