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Natural VBAC Birth Story!

I am so pleased to share this VBAC birth story of my yoga mama, Krystal! We post this as an inspiration for women considering the option for a Vaginal Birth after Cesarean (VBAC) rather than a repeat surgical birth.
Krystal asked my advice for how she can prepare differently for the second birth. She’s been my yoga student since her first pregnancy. As you read Krystal’s story let me point out some very critical choices she made that contributed to the success of a vaginal birth.

First, she ‘broke-up’ with her first doctor and hired one of my favorite OB/GYN doctor in the South Bay Beach Cities.

Krystal faithfully attended my pregnancy yoga classes at YogaWorks in order to get her mind, body, and spirit ready and prepared for a VBAC.

She was not induced and was allowed to start labor when her body and baby were ready.

Pushing Phase – Krystal pushed her baby out in the all-fours position which allowed her hips to be open and wide.

Krystal labored at home and arrived at the hospital at 7 cm! No Epidural to slow down labor. The baby was born less than 3 hours after hospital admission.

Here is Krystal’s Story, posted with permission.
On Saturday night, September 9th, I started having pretty strong contractions around 6:00 p.m. that were 3 minutes apart but by 11:00 p.m. they moved to 4 minutes apart and felt less intense so I decided to get some rest and went to bed.
At midnight I woke up and the contractions were stronger than ever and about 2-3 minutes apart. I paced around a bit and then decided I needed to get into the shower. I think the warmth of the shower helped a […]

By |September 16th, 2017|Birth Rights, Uncategorized, VBAC, Yoga|Comments Off on Natural VBAC Birth Story!

Call the South Bay Doula: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times

… mostly, birth and joy! After a few years on sabbatical from doula-ing, I am proud to announce “I’M BACK!” I needed the time away as I reorganized and settled myself through a personal and painful transformation of my own. Believe me, it pained me each and every time I turned away a mama who asked me to join her and her hubby through their journey for labor and delivery.

Now, I am back and fully present and ready to Sherpa expecting couples through the birth process again. I think, like most Birth Workers, the images and memories of the births we attend are so clear and forever stamped in our minds and hearts. I can walk into my local café in Hermosa Beach and likely bump into one of my many Yoga Mamas and/or birth clients! The shriek of excitement never fails. Then the second burst of “Omigod!” when I see their babies now running in soccer jerseys and pony-tails. I say, “she’s in 3rd grade, already? Really?!” And I have no doubt their mamas remember me as much as I remember them.

Here are some of my vivid memories that still inspire me today and reignite my philosophy and passion to TRUST BIRTH:

The mama who said to me when she hired me, “Just so you know, I AM getting an epidural!” During her first birth, she spent most of the time dancing in labor! I was her doula again, as she birthed her second baby, also naturally.

Supporting a mama after nearly 3 days of prodromal labor followed by induction…then when she was finally 10 cm dilated and the urge to push temporarily absent, I encouraged her to just sing in between contractions. […]

By |June 30th, 2017|Birth Rights, Doulas, Homebirth/Midwives, Labor Tools, VBAC, Yoga|Comments Off on Call the South Bay Doula: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times

Successful VBAC Birth Story After Three Days of Labor!

This is the year for VBACs in my doula practice. I love supporting VBAC mamas; they have this special zing and purpose about them. I suppose hindsight is 20/20 and so these women approach birthing, the second time, being more informed and prepared.

In 2010, The American Congress of Obstetricians & Gynecologist (ACOG) issued Practice Bulletin No. 115, replacing Bulletin No. 45 which  included the infamous requirement of doctors to be “immediately available” which resulted in a fire of VBAC bans to rage around the country, but primarily in rural areas. ACOG’s current position  is supportive of VBACs stating that VBAC is a “safe and appropriate choice for most women” with one prior cesarean and for “some women” with two prior cesareans.  Being pregnant with twins, going over 40 weeks, having an unknown or low vertical scar, or suspecting a “big baby” should not prevent a woman from planning a VBAC (ACOG, 2010). That is great news across the country and I anticipate the Cesarean rate to low overall.

The risk of uterine rupture with one prior low-transverse uterine scar is low, 0.5% to 0.9% so for those considering a VBAC, read Katie’s inspiring birth story and the steps she took to ensure VBAC success!

Katie’s VBAC Story – Birth of Rowan
The Previous Cesarean
From my 20-week ultrasound on, I knew that I would be having a scheduled Cesarean Section with our first baby girl, Daphne. Due to a defect in her abdominal wall that would require surgery, the doctors recommended that a Cesarean was the safest way for her to be born. I was heartbroken, fearing that it would pave the way for my subsequent births.
Daphne’s birth was an emotional experience because there were so many unknowns […]