I was catching up over at the True Face of Birth and was immediately drawn to a link about a successful hospital VBAC. The story posted at Bellies and Babies is awesome and inspiring, and how wonderful to read the woman’s narrative and that of her doula!
I was tremendously impressed with the two obstetricians mentioned in the story. The first OB ultimately told the woman that he wouldn’t allow her to VBAC. (At 36 weeks this was BAD FORM.) She found a provider who was supportive of her choice to have a vaginal birth, and it “sounds” like this OB really knew how to stay out of the way and let the mom do the work. He also was educating his nurse about the whole process – how normal it is to be in water during the late stages of labor, how normal it can be to birth a baby in water, how normal it is to push at will (as opposed to pushing in 10 count blocks), how normal it is to birth the placenta when it is ready to release from the womb. I am also impressed with the first OB – the one who told her “no.” He evidently did some research after she left his practice and changed his mind about VBACs. It takes guts and humility to be able to change your ways and be open to new practices (as if vaginal birth or even VBAC is a new practice).
Anyway, I hope you will enjoy reading these stories as much as I did.