Planning for a VBaC (Vaginal Birth after Cesarean) is so important for anybody pursuing one. I have always been the type where "knowledge is power". It helps me to make decisions, calm nerves and best advocate for myself, children, clients, etc. As a birth doula specially trained and certified in VBaC births, I work closely with my VBaC clients, we spend a lot of time discussing VBaC facts, options/rights, dismantling myths and so much more. Because mental preparation is just as important (if not more) than the physical element. Knowledge helps individuals to build confidence and trust in your body, plan ahead, and make decisions best for themselves and their baby.
Most pregnancy books aren't adequate when it comes to learning and preparing for a VBaC. So I've put together a short, but solid list of VBaC books that help instill confidence in your ability to birth physically & mentally and also when preparing and planning for your VBaC.
*NOTE: some of these books may be difficult to find, check your local library, too!
Cut, Stapled and Mended by Roanna Rosewood
A memoir by Roanna Rosewood that really hits home and I think can be super relatable for many women who have experienced a cesarean and are pursing a VBac. Some times it was like the author was in my mind sharing many of the thoughts I'd experienced after my own c-section. I found it to be an easy read, one that can fill the reader with hope and confidence.
Baby Got VBaC by Colleen Reagan Noon, etc.
This book is a brand new book that I think will become quite popular! It's is a collection of stories meant to inspire women who have had a previous cesarean birth and are looking into their options for their next birthing experience, particularly into having a vaginal birth after a cesarean. This book is unique in that a different woman authors each chapter. Some of these women are VBAC moms, and others are professionals who support VBAC moms.
Your Baby, Your Way by Jennifer Margulis
This book looks critically at how our current cultural practices during pregnancy, childbirth, and the first year of a baby’s life are not based on the best evidence or the most modern science, revealing how moms and their babies are being undermined by corporate interests. This book provides parents some of the information they need to make informed decisions about their own health and the health of their infants.
Ina May's Guide To Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin
I loved this book, and how it made me feel so body positive and confident after reading it. Drawing upon her thirty-plus years of experience, Ina May Gaskin, the nation’s leading midwife, shares the benefits and joys of natural childbirth by showing women how to trust in the ancient wisdom of their bodies for a healthy and fulfilling birthing experience.
Birthing the Easy Way...by Someone Who Learned the Hard Way by Sheila Stubbs
The author, a mother of six describes how she learned "the hard way" what makes childbirth painful and difficult. You will weep, you will laugh, you will get angry as she shares what she discovered in her journey to easy, joy-filled birthing.
This is by no way a complete list of all the good VBAC books out there. I'm always looking to learn more and expand my knowledge and library. So if you know of a book that benefited you and your VBaC journey, please contact me and let me know!