Category Archives: Vaginal Birth After Cesarean

Watch Me Grow: Month by Month Baby Picture Idea

Friends, my Baby B turned 6 months old over the weekend. We all already know how quickly babyhood time slips by, even though there are moments that can feel eternally long as a parent. I have to admit, I’m overly shocked at the lightning speed of this last half of a year. There are a couple of things that contribute to this, I suppose, Continue reading

Mentally Preparing for VBAC: 4 Tips

There are many factors that contributed to my successful Vaginal Birth after Cesarean (VBAC). I had multiple “ah-ha” moments in preparing for it. My mindset was incredibly different between my two deliveries because of Continue reading

Thank You for Supporting My HBAC: A Letter of Gratitude to My Husband

After we welcomed Baby B into our lives, I worked through a flood of postpartum emotions. This birth was especially joyful and healing for me because I delivered our baby at home after a traumatizing c-section experience. Different feelings washed over me after her delivery and I found myself in deep appreciation and celebration over the way our daughter entered the world. Today I’m sharing the letter I wrote to my husband in expression of my gratitude to him for Continue reading

The New Birth Plan is My Birth Plan

My second baby’s “guess date” is drawing near and anticipation of our healthy VBAC delivery is growing! I am a true believer that birth isn’t just one day in someone’s life. It is so much more. I feel my first birth experience was laden with bullying, misinformation, and little respect for me, my body, my choices, my requests, or my baby. Because of this, I have given countless hours and many sleepless nights to planning my next birth. Continue reading

Pretty Little Lies: Speaking Out About C-Sections, VBAC Bans & Shame

Last April, in honor of National Cesarean Awareness Month, I shared the second part of my birth story, The Start of a Movement: Baby A’s Birth Story Part II. Disclosing my intimate journey didn’t come about because of a new found comfort level; or even because I could write or read my own story without becoming overwhelmed with emotion. Instead, I shared in the hope of Continue reading

Questions Every VBAC Mom Should Ask

I learned a great deal from my first birth experience. Additionally, the VBAC Casper movement I helped co-found in 2013 continues to keep me in touch with women who regularly share about their birth experiences. I’ve heard hundreds of birth stories over the past few years. I continue to hear themes of oppression, which has helped motivate me to share the list of questions I’ll be asking my next OB when the time is right. (I must say, I’m extremely proud of the women in my hometown and state! The more they become educated, the more they insist on having access to the labor and delivery options they not only desire but deserve.)

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Happy, Healthy & Loved. Stop the Mommy Wars! Part II

Thank you for  coming back today to share in our “Happy, Healthy & Loved. Stop the Mommy Wars!” series. It was so fun to unveil our photo project this week in Happy, Healthy & Loved. Stop the Mommy Wars! Part I. With each corresponding image, we are excited to describe the very personal choices we have made. Also, this is the way we are choosing to address “Mommy Wars” and we are honored to share in this process with you. We hope our images, coupled with the reasons we made these decisions, help to invoke fresh ideas and acceptance for mothers everywhere. We each do things a little differently, but our kiddos still turn out to be happy, healthy, and loved!

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Dogs, Cats, & Peanuts, OH MY! A Toddler’s Allergies Part I

Our now toddler has had skin issues since he was born and he has developed further complications as he has grown older. Even though we were told that he would outgrow his dry, itchy skin condition, it was heartbreaking to watch as his fine motor skills prematurely developed out of necessity to scratch his cracked, rashed head. (Thursday’s post will have the skin regimen and products that made, and continues to make, our lives so much easier in way of relieving his skin irritations.) As I shared in The Start of a Movement: Baby A’s Birth Story Part I and Part II, our son was born via “emergency C-Section” which is probably partially responsible for his current condition. He has recently been diagnosed with three specific allergies to dogs, cats, and peanuts as well as asthma and eczema.

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The Start of a Movement: Baby A’s Birth Story Part II

It was difficult for me to share “The Start of a Movement: Baby A’s Birth Story Part I.” It has been an even bigger challenge to muster the courage to share Part II. Thank you for joining in on my healing journey. Recovering physically and emotionally from a less than desirable birth experience has been harder than I imagined. Very special recognition goes out to all of you who have sent forth your support, prayers, positive thoughts, healing words, stellar advice and wonderful advocacy. I love each of you in the most sincere form and from a place of ultimate gratitude.

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NVD Mom’s Stance on VBAC

As you read last week, Chelse is a key leader in a group petitioning the Wyoming Medical Center (WMC) to allow VBACs (Vaginal Birth after Cesarean). I have personally witnessed parts of her journey; her strength, dedication, and persistence continue to amaze me each day. So, I wanted to chime in and offer my perspective on this issue as a normal vaginal delivery (NVD) mom. Continue reading