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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.

July 2, 2022

Morgan’s Cesarean, Hospital VBAC & UBAC Stories

In today's episode we meet Morgan, who is a traditional midwife and mother of five. Morgan’s first birth was a cesarean after she experienced the typical cascade of interventions in the hospital, and her second birth was a hospital VBAC that left her feeling like there was still something missing. Morgan then went on to have 3 unassisted births, each of which were vastly different.

Join us as Morgan shares her birth stories, how her varying birth experiences led her to stand up for herself and now provide the type of care and support she offers to women as a traditional midwife, and one of the impactful experiences she had while supporting a mother pursuing an HBA3C who gave birth 8 days after her water broke. We also discuss how emergency situations often occur because of unnecessary interventions, how interferences during and immediately after labor and birth disrupt a mother and baby’s natural flow of hormones, how laws, restrictions and licensure for midwifery vary from state to state and have actually harmed women and taken away their choices, how the system specifically targets certain populations of women, being confident in your birth plans even if it means no one else is on board, and how healing yourself can help others to heal. 

Connect with Morgan on Facebook here, or on Instagram 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.

June 22, 2022

Ashton’s Cesarean, Hospital VBAC & HBAC Stories

In today's episode we meet Ashton, who shares her four birth stories. Ashton’s first baby was born via cesarean at 37 weeks due to her doctor estimating that he would be a big baby. Her next two births were hospital VBACs, followed by an HBAC with her fourth baby who was over 10 pounds.

Join us as Ashton shares her birth stories, how she involved her children, specifically her son, in her home birth, and how traveling down the rabbit hole of researching physiological birth can lead to lifestyle changes as a whole. We also discuss how different the perception of VBAC can be between providers or in different areas of the country, the lack of discussion of risks surrounding interventions, inductions and cesareans, the importance of honest and straight forward conversations with your care team, being in control of your choices during pregnancy and birth, how difficult it can be for husbands to witness their wives in pain during labor, and the importance of sharing the home birth stories that aren’t totally serene and peaceful.

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.

June 13, 2022

Reba’s Cesarean, Hospital VBAC & UBAC Stories

In today's episode we meet Reba, who shares her four birth stories, as well as her experiences with stillbirth and an ectopic pregnancy which resulted in losing an ovary and a fallopian tube. 

Join us as Reba shares her birth stories, the trauma she has endured, how it has shaped her into who she is and has influenced the decisions she makes for herself and her children, including her choice to birth unassisted after a cesarean twice. We also discuss if there is a true necessity for an induction if it is being scheduled around someone else’s schedule, how failed inductions are presented as a problem with a woman’s body instead of a problem within the medical system, how your mind and body protect you during and after birth, the problems associated with active management of the birth of the placenta, the intentionality and responsibility behind the choice to freebirth, how hospital policy is often built around provider liability and what is going to protect them from a potential lawsuit, obstetrical abuse and rape, common perceptions of those who choose home birth and unassisted birth, and how prenatal care differs between mainstream OB care, midwifery care, and doing all of your own care.

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.

June 9, 2022

Lily’s Cesarean, Hospital VBAC & HBAC Stories

In today's episode we meet Lily, who is a mother of three. Her first birth ended in a cesarean after her water broke and the hospital wanted to speed up the labor process, which resulted in interventions that caused her son distress. Lily’s second birth was a hospital VBAC, followed by an HBAC for her third.

Join us as Lily shares her birth stories, how she made the switch to plan a home birth in the middle of her third pregnancy, and the things that she has learned about how her body likes to give birth. We also discuss safe co-sleeping, the importance of having support postpartum, what the Fetal Ejection Reflex (FER) feels like, the importance of actually waiting for the urge to push, the fact that just because you’re dilated to 10cm doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s time to start pushing, how family-centered midwifery care can be, involving your older children in the labor, birth and postpartum time, how unrealistic it is to expect women to meet a deadline to go into labor, and the importance of education and knowing your options. 

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.

June 6, 2022

Melanie’s Cesarean & HBAC Stories

In today's episode we meet Melanie, who is a mother of two. Melanie experienced the cascade of interventions after an induction for being “overdue” with her first pregnancy, and after her birth trauma and a difficult postpartum time, beginning with her son spending some time in the NICU, she immediately knew that she wanted something different the next time. For her next pregnancy, Melanie went on to plan an HBAC and gave birth to her baby at home.

Join us as Melanie shares her birth stories, how connecting with and talking to other women who have gone through similar experiences has helped heal her birth trauma, and the emotions she has experienced when looking back at her first birth after having her HBAC. We also discuss the importance of every woman having options and choices in regards to where and with whom she gives birth, the differences between OB and midwifery care, how prodromal labor can actually be beneficial in preparing your body for labor and birth, the difference between contractions produced via Pitocin vs. natural contractions, the importance of having a supportive provider and birth team, how hospitals are set up to make the doctor look like the authority in birth and give the illusion that women cannot say “no” to anything, and how belittling and diminishing the saying “at least you have a healthy baby” is after experiencing birth trauma.

***As a disclaimer, Melanie does discuss some of the birth trauma that she experienced with her HBAC. It is very important to bring awareness to and provide support for the fact that birth trauma can occur with any type of birth, however, if this is upsetting to you it may be best to skip over.

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 30, 2022

Courtney’s Cesarean, Hospital VBAC, Birth Center VBAC & HBAC Stories

In today's episode we meet Courtney, who has had a wide variety of birthing experiences. Courtney had a cesarean with her first baby after going through the cascade of interventions that started with an induction for a suspected “big baby,” and then had a hospital VBAC, a birth center VBAC and an HBAC. 

Join us as Courtney shares her birth stories, as well as her experience with having a miscarriage and her family’s journey in fostering and adopting. We also discuss feeling dehumanized and like you’re part of an assembly line when giving birth at the hospital, how cesareans can affect family planning, having a people-pleasing personality and experiencing pushback when making choices that go against the mainstream narrative, how having high expectations can affect the labor and birth process, entering labor and birth with an open mind, how different each and every pregnancy can be, the differences between having a VBAC at the hospital, at a birth center and at home, and the growth that you go through as a mother when you stop caring what other people think and feel confident in the decisions that you make for yourself and your children.

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 26, 2022

Rachael’s Cesarean & HBAC Stories

In today's episode we meet Rachael, who is a mother of two. Rachael had a scheduled cesarean at 36 weeks during her first pregnancy due to placenta previa. This left her with a difficult postpartum period due to baby being early. Before the scheduled cesarean even took place, Rachael knew that she would be pursuing a VBAC during her next pregnancy. When she got pregnant she planned an HBAC and gave birth to her next baby at home. 

Join us as Rachael shares her birth stories, how alone and anxious she felt after her cesarean, and the importance of going into labor with an open mind to accept birth however it may unfold. We also discuss the perspective shift of being excited for labor instead of fearing pain and discomfort, the importance of breath work and how it can impact labor, the fear and doubt that can creep in during transition, the “birth high” after having a home birth, having your older children around during labor, and keeping your birth plans private and not discussing them with those who may not be supportive.

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 23, 2022

Jaimie’s Cesarean, Hospital VBAC & HBAC Stories

In today's episode we meet Jaimie, who is a mother of four, as well as a doula and lactation consultant. Jaimie had a cesarean after her first baby flipped breech between 38 and 39 weeks. After being led to believe that she would have a “gentle cesarean” but none of her preferences actually being honored, she knew she wanted something different the next time. Jaimie then went on to have a hospital VBAC with a 9lb baby and 2 HBACs, both of which were with 10lb babies.

Join us as Jaimie shares her birth stories, her journey through learning about pregnancy and birth, how she started advocating for herself and the impact it had during her VBAC birth in the hospital, and how she supports other moms today in her role as a doula. We also discuss the “protest-despair” response in babies who are immediately separated from their mothers after birth, how hospitals often seem to focus on paperwork and policies rather than the human beings they are working with, variations of normal in labor, our body’s innate wisdom and the ability of our body and baby to work together during labor and birth, our intuition as mothers and how it can lead us to support our babies in ways we may not understand in the moment, the image we create in our minds of how birth “should be” vs. how it actually is, the importance of processing through our births regardless of the outcome, the mental and emotional battles that often come with pregnancy, and the impact that true surrender in pregnancy, birth and motherhood can have.

Connect with Jaimie on Instagram, 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.

May 19, 2022

Jen’s Cesarean & HBAC Stories

In today's episode we meet Jen, who is a mother of two. Jen had a cesarean with her first child after a long labor and very little support in the hospital. Feeling dehumanized and traumatized by her experience, she began to look into other options and hired a home birth midwife as soon as she realized that she was pregnant with her second child. Jen then went on to give birth to her 10lb pound baby at home.

Join us as Jen shares her birth stories, the feeling she experienced during and after her cesarean of being the one giving birth but not mattering to anyone in the room, and the difficulty in navigating mainstream prenatal care when you don’t know the right questions to ask or that there are other options. We also discuss how quickly people are to say that VBAC and home birth are risky and the importance of remembering that repeat cesareans also come with risks, how home birth and birth centers only vary in regards to location, the difference in prenatal care from a midwife vs. an OB, the importance of taking the time to heal from previous birth trauma, how having your other children present at your birth will impact them and their perception of birth, the importance of taking time to rest in the postpartum period and process through your birth experience regardless of if it was traumatizing or not, and how motherhood can look different than you envisioned, especially if you start making choices that go against the mainstream. 

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 16, 2022

Megan’s Cesarean & HBAC Stories

In today's episode we meet Megan. Despite Megan’s desire for a natural birth, her journey to motherhood began with an ectopic pregnancy and the discovery of autoimmune issues which left her feeling shaken and like maybe home birth wasn’t for her after all. When she got pregnant again, Megan sought out care from the OB who had performed the surgery for her ectopic pregnancy and ended up having a cesarean due to breech presentation. Immediately after her cesarean, Megan knew that she definitely wanted to have her next baby naturally at home and started meeting with midwives before she was even pregnant again. Megan then went on to give birth to her next baby in the comfort of her own home.

Join us as Megan shares her birth stories, the importance of discussing the realities of it sometimes taking several months to get pregnant once you begin trying, and the importance of paying attention to early red flags from your provider. We also discuss the sensations and feelings that come with having a cesarean and healing afterwards, the cascade of interventions and potential consequences of forcing labor to start before your body is ready, the stress of having strangers present during a hospital birth, the differences in the overall relationship and environment associated with a home birth and midwife compared to an OB in the hospital, finding the right balance between consuming positive VBAC/HBAC stories but still being aware of the risks and possibilities associated with birth, the importance of setting boundaries with people in your life regarding your birth plans, not allowing unsupportive people into your birth space, the stigma around home birth and the lack of education around home birth and birth in general, and that your birth support doesn’t have to come from a certified doula.

HBAC vs. hospital VBAC study: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33583048/

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.