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.
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