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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.

May 1, 2022

Kara’s Cesarean & HBAC Stories

In today's episode we meet Kara, who is a mother of two. At the end of Kara’s first pregnancy, she was told to go in for an induction while her blood pressure was normal rather than waiting for it to get high again, despite only having had one high blood pressure reading several weeks beforehand. What her provider had said would be a “gentle induction” quickly cascaded into a cesarean. When Kara became pregnant again, her hospital VBAC plans turned into HBAC plans when covid hospital restrictions became widespread. When Kara’s water broke she didn’t experience any contractions for almost 2 full days, but being fully supported by her birth team, she went on to give birth to her baby in the comfort of her own home.

Join us as Kara shares her birth stories, how her experience as an athlete and powerlifter carried her through labor, the differences in the care that she received during her pregnancies, how she learned to say “no” during pregnancy, and how healing her HBAC was not only for her, but also for her husband after he got to catch and be the first person to touch his daughter. We also discuss the lack of informed consent when interventions are presented as something that needs to be done, discrepancies in due dates and how they can have a negative impact when scheduling inductions and cesareans, the importance of connecting with your birth team and interviewing multiple midwives and doulas when possible, and the way that postpartum depression has become normalized and dismissed in our society.

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 24, 2022

Callie’s Cesarean & UBA3C Stories

In today's episode we meet Callie, who is a mother of four and a holistic doula, lactation specialist, placenta encapsulator and un-schooler. Callie had a cesarean with her first baby after being put on a clock at the hospital. She was then scared into a scheduled repeat cesarean with her second after a third trimester ultrasound showed that her baby was “too big.” During her third pregnancy, Callie planned for a hospital VBAC, but then experienced a bait-and-switch from her provider and fired them when she was around 8 months pregnant. She planned to just labor at home due to not being able to find another provider, but ended up with a third cesarean after experiencing intense fear and going into the hospital for pain management during labor. For her last pregnancy, Callie planned an unassisted home birth from the start, addressed her fears and gave birth to her UBA3C baby in the comfort of her home.

Join us as Callie shares her birth stories, her journey as a doula and how she supports women now, how she decided to take responsibility for her choices in birth, and the process she has gone through of forgiving herself for previous choices that had been made out of fear. We also discuss the process of facing our fears in pregnancy and birth, how fears and the inability to feel safe can stall labor, the feelings of self-doubt when there are so many outside influences that sabotage a mother’s intuition and make a profit when the natural way doesn’t work out, all of the gadgets and devices that are marketed to mothers as things they need to have during pregnancy and in motherhood, the potential ramifications of inductions and scheduled cesareans when due dates are inaccurate, making choices based on intuition and self-empowerment, not compromising what you want during pregnancy, birth and postpartum, and how birth is just as much of a normal, biological process as having a bowel movement.

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 18, 2022

Kori’s Cesarean & HBAC Stories

In today's episode we meet Kori, who is a mother of two and currently lives on the island of Maui. Kori is a wealth of knowledge and has her own platform, podcast and online course where she teaches women how to restore their metabolism, vitality and food freedom of their youth. Kori’s first pregnancy ended in a cesarean due to her son being transverse when her water broke. She had been receiving prenatal care at a birth center in Florida, and had a poor experience when they needed to transfer to the hospital for a cesarean. Kori immediately knew that she would be pursuing an out-of-hospital VBAC for her next pregnancy, and she and her family made the move to Maui in between her pregnancies, where she then planned an HBAC with a midwife. After not progressing past 4cm for the first 32 hours of labor, Kori persevered and fully dilated the remaining 6cm within 40 minutes, immediately felt the urge to push and gave birth to her 9lb 7oz daughter two contractions later at 42 weeks exactly.

Join us as Kori shares her birth stories, how defeated she felt during her HBAC labor and how she reflects on and perceives the experience now, the importance of sharing difficult labor and birth stories, and the feelings surrounding an unplanned cesarean, not experiencing yourself give birth to your baby and seeing your baby for the first time when they are on the other side of the room. We also discuss honoring your intuition as a mother and allowing ourselves to trust our instincts despite the constant unsolicited advice mothers receive, the taboo conversations around bedsharing and co-sleeping, differing opinions on what “safety” is in birth and how it impacts our choices, taking responsibility for our bodies and health, how trauma can expose itself during birth, that our babies can also undergo birth trauma, our body’s wise, built in protective mechanisms, the importance of communal female relationships before, during and after birth, the current trend of “pain free births” whether at home or in the hospital with an epidural, and the huge rise we are seeing in the surgical method of addressing oral restrictions. 

Find Kori 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.

April 11, 2022

Kelli’s Cesarean & Breech HBAC Stories

In today's episode we meet Kelli, who is a mother of two. Kelli’s first birth ended in a cesarean after it was discovered that her baby was breech when she arrived at the hospital in labor. When she became pregnant with her second baby, Kelli discovered that this baby was also breech, but she knew that she didn’t want to have another cesarean. At 39 weeks, just 3 days shy of going into labor, Kelli solidified the support of a home birth midwife and gave birth to her breech baby in the comfort of her own home.

Join us as Kelli shares her birth stories and takes us through her journey of finding support to give birth to her breech VBAC baby at home after the intense manipulation, bullying, coercion and unprofessional behavior from the hospital, how she finally found validation in feeling traumatized by her c-section with the women she was connecting with in online forums, and how she desperately wanted someone to actually take the time to listen to her and trust her knowledge of her own body. We also discuss the mourning and grief experienced when our birth plans don’t line up with what we had pictured, the loss of not getting to watch our babies come out of our own bodies when we have a cesarean, how our memories of traumatic events can be impacted and it often feels as if we are remembering events through the photos/videos that were taken, how common it is to just take a doctor at their word and the emphasis we put on a doctor’s opinion, how the unpredictability of natural birth vs. a scheduled cesarean is perceived in the hospital, how doctors can use scare tactics to coerce women into what is easiest for their schedules, a baby’s perspective of a scheduled cesarean, how finding a community of supportive women can impact our healing, and how impactful it is for a baby’s first sensory experiences to be in the safety and comfort of their own home.

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 28, 2022

Stephanie’s Cesarean, Hospital VBAC & HBAC Stories

In today's episode we meet Stephanie, who is a mother of three and a physical therapist. Stephanie had a cesarean with her first baby due to a sudden and severe onset of preeclampsia, which was followed by a 3 week NICU stay for her baby and an emotionally difficult postpartum recovery. With her next pregnancy, Stephanie hired the same midwifery group, but ended up being transferred to the on-call OB during labor when none of the midwives showed up for her. Despite having a VBAC, this was followed by another difficult postpartum recovery, both physically and emotionally. For her third pregnancy, Stephanie hired a home birth midwife and gave birth to her almost 10lb baby in her bedroom.

Join us as Stephanie shares her birth stories, how OBGYNs and modern medical care have their place when there is a true emergency, and how labor and postpartum recovery can differ in a medicated vs. unmedicated state. We also discuss how our bodies will protect our babies if we feel unsafe during labor, how our perceived level of pain during labor can be impacted by our surroundings, the impact that a doula or supportive birth partner can have, and the feedback loop that our bodies are designed with in regards to all of the hormones associated with labor, birth and postpartum recovery.

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 24, 2022

Dr. Sarah’s Cesarean, UBAC & 2HBAC Stories

In today's episode we meet Dr. Sarah, who is a chiropractor and birth educator, and she shares her three birth stories. After her first pregnancy ended in a missed miscarriage, Dr. Sarah stayed with the same OBGYN group for her next pregnancy after undergoing IUI to become pregnant. Despite a voice in her head saying to just stay home, Dr. Sarah went into the hospital and had a cesarean for no reason other than falling into a cascade of interventions and her birth not following the hospital’s timeline. Immediately knowing that she needed to do things differently next time, Dr. Sarah hired a homebirth midwife when she became pregnant with her next baby, but later decided to to have an unassisted birth (UBAC) at home instead. For her last pregnancy, Dr. Sarah hired a different set of midwives and had a 2HBAC.

Join us as Dr. Sarah shares her birth stories, how her birth experiences have inspired her to connect with other women and become an advocate against obstetric violence and abuse, how obstetric violence and abuse can still occur even if your care team is “nice,” the importance of taking responsibility for your choices, knowing why you’re making the choices that you are, not blindly following what anyone says, and that doctors are just a consultant and the woman should be the final authority regarding their care during pregnancy and birth. We also discuss the Prenatal Care Workbook that Dr. Sarah is currently working on, how statistics on topics such as uterine rupture can be skewed, the role of the husband/partner during labor and birth, and the importance of preparing for postpartum and having postpartum support.

Find Dr. Sarah 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.

March 14, 2022

Dana’s Cesarean & HBAC Stories

In today's episode we meet Dana and she shares her three birth stories. During her first pregnancy, Dana was given a membrane sweep without her consent at 41 weeks and her water broke later in the evening. After immediately going into the hospital, Dana’s labor was augmented with pitocin, she got an epidural, and when she spiked a fever the OB on call suggested a cesarean. With her next pregnancy, Dana stayed with the same OB/midwife practice and had an unmedicated labor where she fully dilated and after trying many different pushing positions for 3 hours, had another cesarean. Dana then had a miscarriage and conceived again a couple of weeks afterwards. This time, Dana sought the care of a homebirth midwife when the hospital’s policies changed and her original OB left, and she gave birth to her 10lb 8oz baby girl in the comfort of her own home.

Join us as Dana shares her birth stories, how having cesareans and the recovery associated with them has affected how she does day-to-day tasks to this day, and how the lack of support in women’s postpartum care made her want to become a doula. We also discuss how validation from others can help us cope with our own trauma and feel confident in our choices, the importance of asking for what you need postpartum and not feeling guilty about needing help, how our intuition can really tell us if something is wrong, and how important it is to try not to look back and wish things had gone differently because then we wouldn’t have the knowledge we now do and be where we currently are.

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 10, 2022

Susan’s Nine Birth Stories - Part Two

In today's episode we continue our conversation with Susan as she shares the last five of her nine birth stories. Susan had her babies between the years of 1973-1989 and is now 71 years old. Her last five births all took place at home, with three of them being unassisted, and one of the babies weighing in at just under 13 pounds.

Join us as Susan shares her last five birth stories. We also discuss how routine prenatal testing had increased by the time of Susan's last pregnancy, how giving birth at home can increase your chances of having a VBAC, the value of support and being surrounded by other nursing mothers when nursing our own babies, the differences in women who grew up viewing birth as a normal, natural things when it becomes their time to give birth, and how Susan's experiences and knowledge from her childbearing years helped her support her children during birth (including catching one of her own grandbabies at home!).

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 Susan's first four birth stories.

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 7, 2022

Susan’s Nine Birth Stories - Part One

In today's episode we meet Susan who shares the first four of her nine birth stories. Susan had her babies between the years of 1973-1989 and is now 71 years old. Her first birth ended in a cesarean after her water broke, labor didn't immediately start, and the hospital's induction timeline ran out. After that birth, Susan was told that she could never have a baby vaginally, but she went on to have two hospital VBACs, one of which was to a 11 pound baby, and an HBAC with a 10 pound baby.

Join us as Susan shares her first four birth stories, how hospital policies and procedures have changed over the years, the interventions that she endured during her hospital births, and how she eventually decided to just give birth to her babies in the same place that they were conceived.

Today’s episode is Part One of a two part series, so tune in next week to hear Susan's next five HBAC stories.

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.

February 21, 2022

Alicia’s Five Birth Stories

In today's episode we meet Alicia, who is a former RN, and she shares her five birth stories. During her first pregnancy, Alicia shares that she just went through the motions, saw an OB and had a 32 hour Pitocin induction that included many interventions. When she held her daughter after birth, she felt disconnected and immediately knew that this is not how birth was supposed to be. Almost 7 years later, Alicia had an unmedicated hospital birth with a midwife, but this time she immediately knew that any future children would be born at home. Alicia's third birth was a home birth with midwives, and it was then that she started feeling the urge to share her newfound passion for all things birth-related with other women. Alicia then went on to plan another home birth for her fourth birth, but when she and her midwife realized that the baby was transverse during labor, Alicia transferred to the hospital and had a c-section. For Alicia's last birth, she knew that home birth was the only option for her and she gave birth to her 10lb 14oz HBAC baby while standing in her shower.

Join us as Alicia shares her birth stories, how each one of them gave her a different perspective on birth that continues to grow, and the general lack of truthful and honest information in the birthing world. We also discuss the importance of working through and addressing your fears surrounding birth, standing your ground and being the authority in your care, how a mom's body and alignment can affect baby's positioning during pregnancy, labor and birth, how hospital timelines, parameters and hierarchies can influence your birthing space, and the importance of rest in the postpartum period for both physical recovery and bonding with your baby.

Find Alicia 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.