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Due to the rate of unnecessary c-sections, the lack of support and limited options for VBAC moms in the hospital, more and more women are choosing to have their VBAC babies at home. This podcast was created for women to share and listen to stories of Home Birth After Cesarean.

This podcast is for educational and informational purposes only. It is not intended to replace advice from qualified medical professionals.

October 11, 2021

Amanda‘s Cesarean & HBAC Stories - Part Two

In today's episode we continue our conversation with Amanda, who is a mother of four and an advocate for pregnant and birthing women. After having an HBAC for her second birth, Amanda knew that was exactly what she wanted again for her third and fourth births. After all of her experiences, Amanda knew that she had to share everything she had learned, which led her to create her own Facebook group and begin coaching women.

Join us as Amanda shares her second and third HBAC stories, which both ended up being unintentionally unassisted. We also discuss how Amanda’s labors were impacted by her belief in her body’s abilities, how her children were impacted by being present for each of her home births, the territorial nature of hospital staff when women have a doula or extra birth support and how that negatively impacts the woman in labor, problems with early inductions and due date calculations, the way that information is presented to instill fear in women during pregnancy, how hospital staff are trained to speak to their patients, and how important it is to go into appointments with the intention of taking your power back.

Today’s episode is Part Two of a two part series, so if you haven’t listened to last week’s episode, check that out to hear Amanda’s cesarean and first HBAC stories. If you want to get in contact with Amanda, she can be found in her group on Facebook (click here) and at www.findingamanda.com.

Be sure to subscribe to The Home Birth After Cesarean Podcast on your favorite podcast app to be notified when new episodes are available, and follow us on Facebook and Instagram for all of the up-to-date information.

Want to share your Home Birth After Cesarean (HBAC) story? Send us an e-mail at hbacpodcast@gmail.com to get in touch.

This podcast is for educational and informational purposes only. It is not intended to replace advice from qualified medical professionals.

October 4, 2021

Amanda‘s Cearean & HBAC Stories - Part One

In today's episode we meet Amanda, who is a mother of four and an advocate for pregnant and birthing women. Amanda wanted a natural birth with her first child, but was pressured into an unnecessary cesarean by her provider. Knowing that she didn’t want to experience that type of coercion and manipulation again, Amanda advocated for herself and switched providers multiple times leading up to her next birth, which was an HBAC. 

Join us as Amanda shares her birth stories, how she dealt with the constant negativity and harassment to have a cesarean with her first child, how the system failed her, and how she sought out to learn everything that she could about pregnancy and birth. We also discuss how deeply our past traumas can impact us, the many problems within the modern medical system and how so much of it is set up for provider convenience, and that giving birth in a hospital setting is a new trend, whereas home birth is the way that women have been giving birth to their babies for all of eternity.

Today’s episode is Part One of a two part series, so tune in next week to hear Amanda’s other two HBAC stories. If you want to get in contact with Amanda, she can be found in her group on Facebook (click here) and at www.findingamanda.com.

Be sure to subscribe to The Home Birth After Cesarean Podcast on your favorite podcast app to be notified when new episodes are available, and follow us on Facebook and Instagram for all of the up-to-date information.

Want to share your Home Birth After Cesarean (HBAC) story? Send us an e-mail at hbacpodcast@gmail.com to get in touch.

This podcast is for educational and informational purposes only. It is not intended to replace advice from qualified medical professionals.

September 27, 2021

Christina‘s Cesarean & HBAC Stories

In today's episode we meet Christina, who is a mother of two. Christina planned a home birth during her first pregnancy, but when labor lasted 6 days, she made the decision to transfer to the hospital. After requesting an epidural in hopes of getting some much needed rest, Christina went on to labor for 12 more hours and then had a cesarean. Christina knew that she did not want to have another cesarean or hospital birth, and once again made the decision to have a home birth when she became pregnant with her second child.

Join us as Christina shares her birth stories, how she processed through the trauma from her first birth when her second pregnancy and labor appeared like it may follow suit, and how different each pregnancy, labor and birth can be, regardless of similar circumstances. We also discuss how your posture during pregnancy can affect baby's position, tongue and lip ties, how "doing all the things" to prepare for birth can leave you feeling mentally exhausted, and a few different ways that you can support your body both before and after birth.

Be sure to subscribe to The Home Birth After Cesarean Podcast on your favorite podcast app to be notified when new episodes are available, and follow us on Facebook and Instagram for all of the up-to-date information.

Want to share your Home Birth After Cesarean (HBAC) story? Send us an e-mail at hbacpodcast@gmail.com to get in touch.

This podcast is for educational and informational purposes only. It is not intended to replace advice from qualified medical professionals.

September 20, 2021

Adva‘s Cesarean & HBAC Stories

In today's episode we meet Adva, who is a mother of two. Adva had a cesarean with her first child after he turned breech during labor, and the birth center that she had planned to give birth at transferred her care to the hospital. During Adva’s second pregnancy, she sought out care from the same midwifery group but was told that she could not have a VBAC at the birth center. Adva then planned to give birth at a hospital in case there was an emergency that occurred during labor, but decided to switch her care to a home birth midwife at 37 weeks and had a 3.5 hour labor from start to finish!

Join us as Adva shares her birth stories, the importance of your mindset during birth, and how to take control of your birth and not looking to others to “save” you. We also discuss pelvic floor physical therapy, chiropractic care, and how much education is lacking in the general population when it comes to home birth, especially home birth after a cesarean.

Today's episode also contains a special announcement! Choosing HBAC: The Ultimate Home Birth After Cesarean Prep Course will be open for enrollment in early 2022. This course will be a compilation of all the information, statistics, answers to all of the frequently asked questions, and everything that I have learned throughout the years, in my own research and experiences, and in the hours upon hours upon hours of talking with other women who are planning for or have already had their HBACs. It will provide information and choices for those who want a home birth after having had a cesarean, and it will be the first of its kind. It will contain 10 modules that you can move through at your own pace, downloadable PDFs, exercises for you and your partner to work through, and references to other helpful materials, and more! For more information, or to be added to the waitlist, send us a message on Instagram or Facebook, or e-mail us at hbacpodcast@gmail.com.

Be sure to subscribe to The Home Birth After Cesarean Podcast on your favorite podcast app to be notified when new episodes are available, and follow us on Facebook and Instagram for all of the up-to-date information.

Want to share your Home Birth After Cesarean (HBAC) story? Send us an e-mail at hbacpodcast@gmail.com to get in touch.

This podcast is for educational and informational purposes only. It is not intended to replace advice from qualified medical professionals.

May 10, 2021

Katie‘s Cesarean & HBAC Stories

In today's episode we meet Katie, who is a mother of two. Katie had a cesarean with her first child after her waters ruptured prematurely, and she shares how during that labor she lost track of trusting her body. Katie immediately knew that she wanted something different for her next pregnancy and birth, and she sought out a home birth midwife. With her second pregnancy, Katie's waters once again ruptured prematurely, and she knew that there was a lesson to be learned. Katie goes on to share her HBAC story that includes a breech baby, a prolapsed bladder, and a broken tailbone.

Join us as Katie shares her birth stories, how she processed through and faced her fears during both of her births, how not having the healing HBAC that everyone talks about has shaped her perspective, and how she has used her birth experiences to push herself and to help other women. We also discuss how the culture we live in programs us to fear labor and birth, the various "rabbit holes" you uncover when you begin to question the common narrative surrounding pregnancy, birth, and motherhood, and how important it is to change that narrative and the way we talk about pregnancy, labor, birth and motherhood.

Be sure to subscribe to The Home Birth After Cesarean Podcast on your favorite podcast app to be notified when new episodes are available, and follow us on Facebook and Instagram for all of the up-to-date information.

Want to share your Home Birth After Cesarean (HBAC) story? Send us an e-mail at hbacpodcast@gmail.com to get in touch.

This podcast is for educational and informational purposes only. It is not intended to replace advice from qualified medical professionals.

May 4, 2021

Samantha‘s Cesarean & UBA2C Stories

In today's episode we meet Samantha, who is a mother of four. Samantha's first two children were born via cesarean, despite her plans for a home water birth with each. When Samantha became pregnant with her third child, she was not finding support to have a vaginal birth from her previous home birth midwives or hospital staff, so she decided to pursue an unassisted birth at home. After a healing birth with her third, it was no question to birth unassisted at home again with her fourth child. 

Join us as Samantha shares her birth stories, her journey to becoming a doula after the birth of her second child, and how everything she learned as a doula impacted her decisions during her third and fourth pregnancies. We also discuss how the skills to deliver a breech baby have been lost over time, what prenatal care looks like when you take it into your own hands, how birth can transform your perspective and outlook on life, and the differences in the postpartum period after a traumatic birth vs. a healing and redemptive birth.

Looking for a birth doula in Ontario? Connect with Samantha on her website here, or on her Facebook page here.

Be sure to subscribe to The Home Birth After Cesarean Podcast on your favorite podcast app to be notified when new episodes are available, and follow us on Facebook and Instagram for all of the up-to-date information.

Want to share your Home Birth After Cesarean (HBAC) story? Send us an e-mail at hbacpodcast@gmail.com to get in touch.

This podcast is for educational and informational purposes only. It is not intended to replace advice from qualified medical professionals.

April 27, 2021

Jennifer‘s Cesarean & HBAC Stories

In today's episode we meet Jennifer, who is a mother of three. Jennifer's first pregnancy was with twins, and despite her efforts to find support to give birth to them vaginally, she was left with no option but to schedule a cesarean. Jennifer immediately knew that she would not be giving birth to her next child in a hospital, and sought out the care of a midwife to have a home birth. 

Join us as Jennifer shares her birth stories and how the normalization of the natural process of twin birth that she grew up knowing has impacted her, her pregnancies and her perception of labor and birth. We also discuss the importance of how language can affect our thoughts around pregnancy and birth, voicing your preferences and choices during birth despite the often heard statement of, "they wouldn't let me ...", the care of a midwife vs. an OB, how family-centered midwifery care can be, and how those present with you during labor and birth can affect your experience. 

Be sure to subscribe to The Home Birth After Cesarean Podcast on your favorite podcast app to be notified when new episodes are available, and follow us on Facebook and Instagram for all of the up-to-date information.

Want to share your Home Birth After Cesarean (HBAC) story? Send us an e-mail at hbacpodcast@gmail.com to get in touch.

This podcast is for educational and informational purposes only. It is not intended to replace advice from qualified medical professionals.

April 19, 2021

Danielle‘s Cesarean, Stillbirth & HBA3C Stories

In today's episode we meet Danielle, who shares her birth stories. Danielle’s first three births were cesareans, followed by a vaginal stillbirth in the hospital. Despite the heartache that stillbirth brought, it gave Danielle a renewed sense of confidence in her ability to have a vaginal birth, and she went on to plan an HBA3C with her next baby.

Join us as Danielle shares her birth stories and the emotions that came with each of them. Danielle also talks about how she and her family dealt with and processed the loss of her son, how she came to have confidence in her body after her traumatic births, the lack of information shared regarding risks associated with multiple cesareans, the importance of educating yourself and having a supportive circle, and taking back control and assessing risks in order to make our own personal choices.

Be sure to subscribe to The Home Birth After Cesarean Podcast on your favorite podcast app to be notified when new episodes are available, and follow us on Facebook and Instagram for all of the up-to-date information.

Want to share your Home Birth After Cesarean (HBAC) story? Send us an e-mail at hbacpodcast@gmail.com to get in touch.

This podcast is for educational and informational purposes only. It is not intended to replace advice from qualified medical professionals.

March 29, 2021

Linda‘s Cesarean & HBAC Stories

In today's episode we meet Linda, who is a mother of four. Linda had a cesarean with her first daughter due to breech presentation that was discovered by her OB during the pushing phase of labor, despite Linda's insistence that her baby had been breech for most of her pregnancy. Linda then went on to have home births with her next three children.

Join us as Linda shares her birth stories, her struggle with postpartum anxiety and emotionally connecting with her daughter after her cesarean, the process of physically healing after a cesarean and vaginal births, and how to handle and process through fears leading up to labor and birth.

Be sure to subscribe to The Home Birth After Cesarean Podcast on your favorite podcast app to be notified when new episodes are available, and follow us on Facebook and Instagram for all of the up-to-date information.

Want to share your Home Birth After Cesarean (HBAC) story? Send us an e-mail at hbacpodcast@gmail.com to get in touch.

This podcast is for educational and informational purposes only. It is not intended to replace advice from qualified medical professionals.

March 9, 2021

Jillian‘s Cesarean & HBAC Stories

In today's episode we meet Jillian, who is a Pediatric Behavioral Therapist in Baltimore, Maryland. Jillian had a cesarean with her son due to breech presentation, and then went on to have a home birth with her daughter.

Join us as Jillian shares her birth stories and her experiences in advocating for herself and taking back control over her pregnancy, labor and birth choices. We also discuss the emotions that come with planning for a natural birth and feeling let down by an unplanned cesarean, varying opinions and levels of support between providers, and how important it is to feel supported and safe in your birth space.

Be sure to subscribe to The Home Birth After Cesarean Podcast on your favorite podcast app to be notified when new episodes are available, and follow us on Facebook and Instagram for all of the up-to-date information.

Want to share your Home Birth After Cesarean (HBAC) story? Send us an e-mail at hbacpodcast@gmail.com to get in touch.

This podcast is for educational and informational purposes only. It is not intended to replace advice from qualified medical professionals.