I am so excited to introduce Shaina to you! She is a beautiful mommy to two boys and lives in my hometown. Shaina has an incredible birth story to share with you! After I read it, I couldn’t wait to hit the ‘publish’ button. Seriously, this momma’s VBAC story ROCKS! Enjoy 🙂
Thanks so much, Katie, for the opportunity to share about my experience with having a VBAC delivery! I’m so glad that this option is becoming more widely discussed and considered by both expectant mothers and healthcare providers, and am incredibly thankful that I went through it and lived to tell the tale!
On September 7, 2014, our second son, Landry, was born via a wildly successful (and incredibly fast) VBAC delivery. But more about that in a bit…while I want to share his story, it can’t fully be told without first sharing a bit of my son Liam’s birth story from 4 years prior.
With Liam, I had very bold intentions of enduring a natural delivery at a local birthing center. When my water broke around 5pm on July 13, 2010, my husband and I were certain my delivery would be quick. (We really had no good reason to think this at all…a healthy mix of newbie optimism and ignorant bliss, I guess!) However, the joke was on us when 3 hours later, I still had not had even a hint of a contraction.
After trying to massage pressure points and walking, yet still no contractions; my midwife reluctantly mentioned the possibility of taking Castor oil. Since at this point we were nearing the 4 hour mark, I was willing to give it a try and get the show on the road! Thankfully, in a perfect display of God’s mercy and sense of humor, I had my first contraction standing in the aisle of the grocery store, bottle of Castor oil in-hand. Whew! Talk about dodging a bullet!
My contractions started strong and were about 4 minutes apart, thus encouraging our idea of a quick delivery. After laboring all night and the first half of the next day with very little progress, it became apparent that intervention may be necessary. I ended up being transferred to a local hospital, and given Pitocin to try and help my body along with dilating and an Epidural so I could get some much needed rest.
When I still hadn’t dilated past 5cm by that evening, we were left with little choice but to deliver via c-section, and at 8:34pm on July 14th, all 8lbs 12 oz of Liam was finally born. While there were some initial feelings of disappointment at the outcome, they were very quickly eclipsed by relief and excitement that he was finally here!
Then things got serious.
I can’t even describe how utterly amazing those words were.
Above all else though, life is a precious miracle worthy of being celebrated…no matter how it enters the world. 🙂