Amazingly, half way through baby slipped right on out like it was nothing, the burning pretty much completely subsided and they told me she was out. I was in total shock! I had completely braced myself for the worst and there I was having my baby girl being put to my chest.
I was ecstatic and remembered in time to ask the midwife to delay cutting the cord. When I saw Hailey, I understood why this birth had been so much easier, she was a little peanut. Her head was over 1½ inch smaller in circumference, kinda makes a difference.
She laid on my chest for over an hour and nursed like a champ from the very beginning. I honestly was still in disbelief that I got my VBAC and it had been so easy compared to what I had imagined. I tore a tiny bit but no stitches were even required. That was also a huge relief since tearing was such a fear of mine since my first pregnancy.
All in all I am so happy I tried a vaginal birth. My c-section healed very quickly but still doesn't compare to how much easier this has been. I'm also very thankful that she was smaller and made it much easier on me.
Meet Andrea Bauer, known in our community as Andy1784, is married with two children, Kalean (born April 2009) and Hailey (September 2010). Her first birth experience was less than ideal. After hours of pushing and two doses of spinal medication, she finally delivered her son via c-section. For her second birth, Andrea was determined to go for a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC). She researched and became her own greatest advocate along the way. She also had to channel her fears of pain, tearing, or a repeat cesarean into positive energy. Outside of enjoying her family, you'll find she is a frequent visitor to our Scrapbooking forum.
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