Getting closer but feeling good! For awhile I’ve been pondering the birth plan decision. If you read my birth story with Jack, you’ll know I ended up having a C-section. So this time around I’ve really had to consider what to plan for… VBAC or a scheduled C-section? Unfortunately, I have struggled with a lot of anxiety and worry over this. My close friends are probably sick of hearing it as a prayer request, haha. But it’s one of those decisions that is not cut and dry. There’s lots of factors to consider with my history and experience with Jack. Fear can be crippling though so I’m praying and *trying* to trust through that. Thankfully, I know I am in good hands either way and am reminding myself that the most important outcome no matter what is a healthy baby boy. We were truly blessed with that the first time :).
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
Reading “Hypnobirthing” really helped to alleviate all the fears I had about childbirth. My two labors and deliveries were completely different, but using some of the techniques in the book, and just understanding the principles in general, helped me to remain calm and eliminate the fear and stress I had felt. I highly recommend reading that book! And I’ll add you to my prayer list!
First of all, you look fabulous Kelly! Second, I had an emergency c-section with Aliyah, and also had an incredible amount of worry and anxiety over whether I should go with a scheduled c-section, or try to a VBAC with our second. With the encouragement of my doctor, I went for the VBAC and I’m glad I did. (For me, it would have been more stressful anticipating another c-section.) Isaac ended up being two pounds bigger than Aliyah, but it took me about 4 good pushes to deliver him. Much easier than I envisioned! I know every person’s experience is different, but I just thought I would share that in case it might offer some comfort. Ultimately, (and I think you realize this already) you need do what you feel in your heart is the best for you and your family. Will send a prayer your way for a safe and smooth delivery. – Marta
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Thank you Courtney! I’ve heard that is a good read 🙂
Thank you so much for the encouragement Marta! So nice to hear positive outcomes from other Mama’s stories, especially doing the VBAC. Sometimes you feel isolated in the decision so thank you!! 🙂 I hope you and your family are doing well!
I also had an unplanned C-section with my first. I was determined to have a VBAC with my second, and I did!! She was born 4 weeks ago, and the recovery has been infinitely better! I feel so good compared to the C-section recovery- which has been such a blessing because I could use all the energy I can get transitioning to two babes. Plus, it was AMAZING to actually push out my baby. It was incredibly surreal, and I am so thankful I was able to do it! I will say it did help incredibly that I had a supportive doctor, doula and husband. Plus, the power of prayer is such an amazing thing! I’ve never clung to that more than with this last pregnancy, labor, delivery and this crazy newborn stage and it has done wonders for our family. God is such a comfort. 🙂
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