So you've had a cesarean and now maybe you're pregnant and thinking about having a VBAC, a vaginal birth after cesarean. Or maybe you're not pregnant and you're just in the planning stages. Here is a list of things to start thinking about. (In no particular order)
1. Be sure that you choose a care provider that is truely supportive of VBAC. Talk to your care provider and ask lots of questions. If your care provider does not support you, find another one.
2. Choose a birth place that is VBAC supportive and has a high percentage of VBAC success. Talk to them about their policies surrounding VBAC's.
3. Find a local ICAN (International Cesarean Awareness Network) chapter in your area. They have support meetings and the leaders and members can be a great resource in knowing what providers in your area support VBAC moms.
4. Attend a comprehensive birth class like Birth Boot Camp.
5. Hire a doula.
6. Do your research and know the facts! Here are a few links with great information about VBAC's. Each of these links have lots of information and even more links in them.
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