i met with one of my midwives and asked her if she had ever had a mama have a rupture or other catastrophic event with a VBAC and she said no. of course she had had mamas transfer to the hospital to have either a VBAC there or a repeat cesarean, but no catastrophic events. birth is so much about being comfortable; not physically comfortable but feeling safe. i knew that for me the best chance of having a VBAC was going to be with my midwives out of the hospital. other mamas might choose differently. i have met all sorts of women who wouldn't dream of giving birth outside of hospital, regardless of whether it was a VBAC or not. it is a really personal decision.
i knew that good baby positioning was key, so i went to a prenatal chiropractor and had acupuncture treatments. one of my midwives also gave me regular mayan abdominal massage. i looked at spinning babies.com to get advice for different stretches and movements. it was kind of nuts. my husband was very supportive and helped me do whatever i needed to. it was like i was preparing for the birth olympics. i was very determined.
in the end all of my hard work paid off. i had about six hours of active labor. it progressed quickly but not overwhelmingly so. after my daughter went to sleep i labored in the shower at home for a bit and then felt the urge to push, so we got in our vw camper van and drove to the birth center. we joked that if he was born in the camper then we would have to keep it forever. it was a really nice place to ride. we folded out the bed in the back, so i could be on my hands and knees comfortably. it was a tuesday evening at about 8:30 when we arrived at the birth center. it is a beautiful old craftsman style house and each room has a big, gorgeous tub. it's like a homey bed and breakfast. when we pulled up my midwives were waiting for me on the sidewalk. they led me up the stairs into the room which had glowing candles and a fire in the fireplace. i immediately got into the tub and stayed there until he was born at 9:44. it was hard, intense, and amazing. pushing him out was the most satisfying thing i've ever done. i pushed him out into the water right into his daddy's hands. i love that the first person to touch him was vincent, and then us together.
here i am with seven week old dean talking about his magical birth in one of the birthing rooms at Alma.
i knew going into his birth that i would be bringing another sweet baby into our family regardless of how he was born. i was willing to do whatever we needed, whether that meant going through hours of drug-free labor or having another surgical birth. i am really happy with how it went and overjoyed with having him in our lives. happy birthday dean!