Yesterday I described 5 ways to help make your VBAC birth dreams come true. There are many other things I could have added. Sometimes I help a mom process her Cesarean birth experience by talking about it and looking at the birth record from her doctor. I can often assist her making sense of the doctor’s jargon.
Sometimes we discuss her cesarean birth and her lingering feelings about it. Sometimes I encourage her to use crayons (or pastels) and make a picture of her birth — or of her ideal birth. In other words, there are many ways to support a mom. I tailor my support to her needs.
What is wonderful, though is that sometimes, after all the discussions and preparations and attempts to make this new birth experience better, the second baby is just born vaginally without a lot of worry. It just happens! That is lovely to behold. Everyone is excited and in awe of what the mom just accomplished. That is when she begins her journey to realize that — she could do it! Her body was capable of it all along.