VBAC: Myths vs Reality

It has become pretty standard for birthing people to believe that once you have had one caesarean section (herein referred to as ‘c-section’ for ease!) for the birth of your baby that there is no longer any other option for subsequent births but to have another c-section.

This idea has been perpetuated by obstetricians and other medical professionals, where they believe this to be the safest option for mother and baby. It’s my personal opinion that it is also because of the control that it gives medical professionals over the birthing situation – if you don’t allow space for what *could* go wrong, regardless of the chances of the possible ‘mishaps’, then you have full control and have a better idea of what will happen next.

Unfortunately, c-section isn’t always the safest option, and most second or subsequent babies can safely be born by VBAC.

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Understanding the Cascade of Intervention

Many things in life have unintended consequences; they may or may not have the effect that we want, and they may also have other unplanned and possibly unwanted effects.

Maternity interventions can have unintended effects, especially during labour and birth.

Often these effects are new problems that are ‘solved’ with further intervention, which may in turn create yet more problems. This chain of events has been labelled the “cascade of intervention”.

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Birth Education is IMPORTANT

Today I had an experience that has changed my whole practice.

I met with a young woman, under the age of 20, who is 33 weeks pregnant. No big deal for a birth doula, right?

Except that she knew nothing about what was going to happen when she goes into labour.

No-one, not even her doctor or midwives, has sat down with her and explained what happens to your body and what to expect when you’re heading into labour. She didn’t know what contractions were, what the cervix is, and gave me a blank look when I mentioned the word ‘uterus’.  Because no-one had told her.

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Why you should consider Delayed Cord Clamping

A study out of the Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne has recently highlighted the benefits of delayed cord clamping, particularly for infants who emerge from the womb and fail to take breath within a few moments of birth.  The research has been all over Facebook and other media, and demonstrates that while remaining connected by the umbilical cord to the placenta before taking its first breath, it is less likely to suffer complications in its adaption to the outside world.

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5 Reasons Why I Became A Doula

When I was pregnant with my kids, I relied heavily on the knowledge and experience of  my midwife and OBGYN. And while I have absolutely no issues with the care I was given – in fact, I would say I had two of the better experiences I’ve heard of coming from the hospital I attended, my midwife in particular being second-to-none – I often felt alone in my experience. If something was happening within my body, I felt anxious to call the hospital in case I was just being overcautious, or paranoid.

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