Another thing that is super helpful? Having a working knowledge of VBACs before you try to have one.
Hands down, one of the best ways to gain knowledge is by reading some great books about VBACs. (Or listening to them on Audible while you’re sitting in traffic, which I totally did while living and working in Los Angeles.)
These books are fantastic resources for any pregnant woman who is gearing up to try and have a VBAC.
VBAC Books: What to Read if You’re Planning for a Vaginal Birth After Cesarean
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Second Chance: A Mother’s Quest for a Natural Birth after a Cesarean
A story about betrayal and trust and the roller coaster ride in between, Second Chance illuminates the many ways in which our healthcare system is broken when it comes to helping women give birth.
Additionally, it gives a voice to all the mothers who have walked away from their delivery experiences wondering what the hell just happened.
Give Birth a Chance: How to Prepare for an Empowered VBAC
For any mama-to-be who is interested in having a natural birth, Give Birth a Chance will help you figure out how to begin.
Uplifting and empowering, you’ll walk away from this book believing that having an unmedicated VBAC is real possibility. (Because it is.)
Cut, Stapled, and Mended: When One Woman Reclaimed Her Body and Gave Birth on Her Own Terms After Cesarean
“At least you and the baby are healthy.” Anyone else hear this repeatedly after having a traumatizing c-section? You’re not alone.
In Cut, Stapled, & Mended, Roanna Rosewood holds nothing back in her powerful birth memoir, plunging the reader deep into the intimacy of starting the journey towards having a VBAC while navigating feelings of brokenness after a cesarean.
Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth
Ina May’s Guide to Natural Childbirth takes the fear out of childbirth by restoring women’s faith in their own natural power to give birth with more ease, less pain, and less medical intervention. A must-read for anyone attempting to have a VBAC, particularly if you’re hoping for a natural birth.
Vaginal Birth After Caesarean: The VBAC Handbook
If you’re looking for an all-inclusive handbook covering all things VBAC, this is your book.
Aimed at women who have had a caesarean or repeat caesareans, Vaginal Birth After Caesarean provides suggestions for constructive ways to achieve vaginal birth when this is the right option for mother and baby.
As well as detailed explanations of all the pros and cons of VBAC, the book contains several real-life birth stories, a comprehensive glossary of terms, and essential information for parents-to-be.
Did you read any wonderful VBAC books that aren’t listed here? Let me know in the comments!