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5 Ways to Increase Your Odds of VBAC Success

5 Ways to Increase Your Odds of VBAC Success

You had your last baby via cesarean birth. You’re pregnant again and wondering whether you can have a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) this time. Maybe you’ve heard stories of people getting pushed into cesareans they didn’t want or being told their hospital won’t support VBACs at all. So what can you do if you really want that VBAC? Here are five tips to increase your odds of VBAC success: Connect with your local ICAN Chapter. ICAN is the International…

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A doula for every type of birth

A doula for every type of birth

I often hear from people who as questions like: Do doulas support births for people planning to use epidurals? Do doulas support cesarean births? Do doulas support people who are not planning on “natural” childbirth? Do doulas support people whether or not they are planning to breastfeed? Do doulas support people birthing at hospitals? Birth centers? Home births? The answer to all these questions is YES. Doulas do that! It’s a misconception that doulas only support people planning on unmedicated births (could…

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Risks of early induction or C-section

Risks of early induction or C-section

You’re late in your pregnancy, outgrowing your maternity clothes, you can’t sleep at night, and you’re so uncomfortable you just want baby to make an appearance already. As tempting as it may be to consider getting this birth show on the road by scheduling an induction or a cesarean birth, there are plenty of benefits to both mom and baby to wait it out until labor begins on its own. With our healthcare system the way it is, we hear a lot…

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