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Get the training you need to stand up for your choice and confidently take charge of your birth

 

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Here's the thing mama! Once you are enrolled as a student we give you a ton of individualized attention. When you go into labor, you will have access to me as a virtual resource. Because of the level of care given, I can only take so many students each enrollment period.

So join the waitlist, you be in line for a spot in our course and private community. You will also be privy to discounts and education along the way.

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VBAC is a courageous choice to make.

 

Even though you know it’s better for your body and your baby if you can pull it off, there are more than a few roadblocks standing in your way.

 

For one, there’s finding a provider who will actually work with you.

 

Then there’s the constant criticism from others.

 

You feel like you’re in a fist fight with both arms tied behind your back.

 

Always having to defend your choice.

 

And yet, you keep going.

 

The dream of:

 
  • Avoiding another major surgery…
 
  • Being able to just pick your little bundle of joy up when you want…
 
  • Those precious, skin-to-skin moments right after birth…
 

Keep you moving toward your VBAC, even when it seems like the world is against you.

 

But the information you’re digging up online feels...overwhelming & confusing.

 

Dr. Google and nurse YouTube offer a few snippets of information, but it’s sparse at best.

 

And most of it’s either outdated, completely wrong, or contradicts what you just read 5 minutes earlier.

 

Here’s the thing, mama.

 

>> VBAC isn’t impossible.

 

>> It’s not inherently dangerous.

 

>> And it’s definitely not magic.

 
But without proper preparation — you can find yourself being pushed and even bullied into making choices you *know* in your heart aren’t in your or your baby’s best interest.
 
I'm here to make sure that doesn’t happen to you.
 

 

Hey, I’m Trish! But some call me the VBAC fairy...

 

You see, I’ve been a high-risk labor and delivery nurse for over 15 years.

And I’ve given birth 6 times!

I’ve delivered thousands of babies.

And I’ve coached as many mamas during their VBAC.

Over the years, I’ve developed a reputation for making laboring mamas feel empowered and confident — even if I’m not in the labor room with them :) 

I believe that the female body has a wisdom of its own...and I also believe in the importance of medicine and life-saving interventions.

What’s important to me is that you have access to the education you need to make informed decisions while you're in labor...

Which makes me kind of a rare breed in the labor and delivery world.

I’ve spent many years analyzing the literature and my own experiences in the labor room, and I’ve come to the conclusion that just 2 things lead to a successful avoidance of a c-section:

  1. A prepared and educated mama 
  2. Proper support during labor

The problem is, medically sound and reliable resources about VBAC are extremely hard to find. 

And these days, you’ve got no choice but to train your partner to be your labor support (since many places won’t even let you have a doula in the birthing room due to COVID restrictions)

While I’d love to be able to just wave my magic wand and erase all of your fears, doubts, and those pesky naysayers who keep crushing your confidence....

I’ve created the next best thing.

It’s a program that takes all of my experience with VBAC mamas and puts the training, preparation, and education for you and your partner in one place so you can create that VBAC victory.

Welcome to The VBAC Lab, mama.

Are you ready to write your birth story?

 

Not the one everyone else is pressuring you to have.

A birth story where you make the decisions and call the shots.

One where you know what’s coming and you’re totally in control…

One where you feel completely capable of assessing the situation and knowing what choice to make, when.

Yes, you’ve given birth before.

But it didn’t *quite* go the way you hoped...

And now you know that you can’t just show up at the hospital, expecting that someone is going to walk you through what’s going on.

You understand that if you’re not informed before you get to the hospital and feeling strong once you get there…

That decisions will be made FOR you, not WITH you.

VBAC births are special, not because they’re dangerous or inherently scary.

It’s because by the time a mama gets to her VBAC she’s had to endure a ton of resistance. A lot of negativity. And she feels alone.

Which is why I want to introduce you to The VBAC Lab.

The VBAC Lab is the only birth course of its kind.

It’s specifically created with the VBAC mama in mind.

To help you learn how to THINK like a labor and delivery nurse.

It’s not just a comprehensive resource that will turn you into a confident birthing queen...

It’s also a tool that takes the medical decisions during labor and delivery — and breaks them down into bite-sized, easy to understand pieces.

Look, I know it can be intimidating to stand up to a doctor or nurse and tell them what you want and need — society hasn’t really made that easy for women.

Which is why I want you to be thoroughly trained and know your rights *before* you step foot into the delivery room.

In The VBAC Lab, I’ll show you my proven, 8-step process that will lead you to VBAC success.

You’ll have my full support and knowledge at your disposal.

But even better?

You’ll have access to a phenomenal community of other women who are going for a VBAC, too.

And that kind of support is a game changer, mama.

It means that:

>> if you’re in labor and freaking out about something...you can pop into the FB group and me and the others will be there to help you.

>> if you’ve just left your doctor’s appointment and someone made a negative comment about VBAC...your girls in The VBAC Lab will be there to help you get your confidence back.

>> you'll have a whole group of other women to celebrate with! There's nothing better than the momentum and encouragement created by a group of women working toward a common goal! 

It's basically like having a whole team of VBAC cheerleaders on group chat.

 

YES! THIS KIND OF EDUCATION AND SUPPORT ARE EXACTLY WHAT I NEED!

Meet Ashley

"Thanks for the encouragement along the way, strong mommas!
 
Without Trish, her course, and her support before and during my labor, I wouldn’t have had the experience I did to get my healing VBA2C!
 
VBA2C + spontaneous labor + LOP position + late pit + IPC + epidural 
 
I have a 4 and 2 year old that were both born at exactly 39 weeks on the dot due to being both breech presentation. My first son’s CS was scheduled because an ECV was out of the question due to some low fluid and low chance of success. My second son I wanted to do a TOLAC, signed all the consent forms, and he flipped breech close to 33 weeks so the C-Section was scheduled. An ECV wasn’t offered to me because that was a high risk pregnancy already. My second had Down syndrome and known heart issues so I didn’t want to chance anything else with his birth due to presentation. He never flipped vertex. 
 
Fast forward to baby boy number 3. I was super anxious. When I asked my cousin to to be my doula, we talked a lot about anxiety and my mindset. I’d never been in labor, never felt a single contraction or Braxton Hicks, and never had to let my baby choose their birthday. I knew this would be a mental challenge more than anything but I was determined to know what actual labor and delivery felt like vaginally. I have some NICU PTSD as well. After my second son was born I wasn’t able to hold him until he was 8 hours old and in a NICU room. I had to recover from my CS alone, with my husband by the baby’s side. I really wanted something different and healing this time.
 
To prepare, I decided to purchase Trish’s Vbac lab course because it was centered around VBAC’s and also a comprehensive birth course that I felt I needed because I’d never been in labor before and wanted to be “prepared” aka: EDUCATED. 
 
I definitely went in open minded. I originally planned to go natural but with the back pain and shakes and nausea I was experiencing, that pain was just too much for me. I was nervous I wouldn’t know how to push with the epidural but I listened to my doctor and everyone in the room and just kept doing what they said and it worked! 
 
 

 Ashley, VBAC Lab Student

Inside the VBAC Lab, you'll learn to navigate the labor + delivery process with complete confidence and: 

  • Clear up allll those questions and doubts circulating in your head about what’s best for you and your baby. 

Did you know that for VBAC candidates, a repeat cesarean actually carries *more* risk than a VBAC?  

Did you know that kids who are born via C-section might be more likely to suffer from allergies and obesity later in life? We’ll dig deep so you understand exactly what you stand to gain from staying firm and choosing VBAC

  •  Speak to your provider so that THEY listen to YOU 

You have rights that your doctor, nurse, or even midwife will likely trample all over if you don't know how to phrase things correctly and take control of your delivery room. I'll teach you exactly what you're entitled to and what to say to get what you need and want.

  • Let go of your fears created by your previous cesarean 

Processing the trauma and grief you experienced last time is crucial for moving forward confidently this time. And it's a step so many forget to take. I'll walk you through this process so you can come out the other side full of joyful anticipation - which is exactly what you deserve to feel right now!

  •  Prioritize your birth experience over what the medical establishments wants

In many ways, a repeat C-section is just easier for the hospital. Not mention way more profitable. I'll teach you how to focus on creating the birth story you're dreaming about and trusting your body over all else - even in the face of opposition.

  • Find the right provider  if your current one is trying to deny your VBAC

I'll share my insider's tips to finding a doctor who will gladly perform a VBAC if your current one is refusing even though you're a candidate. 

  • Submit your receipt for the VBAC Lab to your insurance company for reimbursement

That's right, the VBAC Lab is considered a complete birth course, which means that most insurance companies will reimburse you for the cost (because they know it's saving you & them from a bunch of unnecessary & costly interventions!)

  • Be surrounded with love and positivity in our private VBAC community

Having a place you can go to ask questions, voice fears, and talk to other mamas in the same place as you without judgement is, for so many of my VBAC mamas, the secret to success.  

  • Walk out of the hospital, head held high – knowing you did everything possible to give your baby the best start in life. 

It’s tough when you want the best for your baby, but you don’t know how to get it. It flat out stinks when the world seems like it’s working against you, trying to dash your dreams. You deserve to have a feeling of triumph and victory when your baby’s born - let's make that happen! 

I KNOW A SUCCESSFUL VBAC IS IN MY FUTURE - SIGN ME UP!

Meet Mattie

 

 "Participating in the weekly happy hours gave me insights on not only my own pregnancy and problems I was facing; but the opportunity to learn from other moms and their pregnancy journeys as well.

 
I was able to discuss with Trish and the other moms about ideas for turning my breech baby, what to do's and tips when I was diagnosed with low amniotic fluid, and generally dive further into specifics in the class when I had more questions. The one on one attention and time that is put into these Happy Hours was so appreciated! "

 Mattie, VBAC Lab VIP member

Up to 80% of mamas who try for VBAC are successful!

 

And your chances increase with: 

  • Knowledge about the process of labor and vaginal delivery

  • Understanding how to avoid exhaustion and frustration

  • The ability to confidently communicate your needs 

  • Knowing your rights and how to exercise them

  • Informed consent for interventions

  • Proper support in the labor room 

When you've learned the ins and outs of labor, pushing, interventions, and creating a positive labor environment, you'll be prepared to make decisions that are informed...and feel right.

The VBAC Lab will give you all the tools you need to succeed.

 

I'M SO READY TO HAVE A SUCCESSFUL VBAC!

"And I did it, Trish!! 😭😍

I had the birth of my dreams & a successful VBAC with our rainbow baby girl after losing our first to Anencephaly.

Labored for about 10 hours and only pushed for 20 minutes! Started with low & slow pitocin and got an epidural at 5cm.

The peanut ball you suggested helped so much & I was at 9.5cm within a couple of hours! Im so grateful for you & all your support through this VBAC. I freaking did it 😭❀️"

- Ashlea

 

Before taking this class I was anxious and scared of the idea of ending up in another c-section after a long labor.
 
But each module had clear takeaways and information I applied straight to my birth experience.
 
Thanks to this class I avoided unnecessary and unwanted interventions, could give informed consent when faced with decisions, and was an active participant in progressing my labor and getting the birth I dreamed of.
 
I can't say enough positive things about my experience with this class!
 
Trish is so knowledgeable and I absolutely owe my successful VBAC to the knowledge and support I gained by educating myself through her work.
 
Trish was there every step of the way when I had questions throughout my pregnancy with helpful advice; I only wish I had found her before my first pregnancy!"
 
- Mattie 
 

“Love this information, I am a VBAC mom and would encourage any woman who wants one to...

 

GO FOR IT!!!

 

I also just had my second VBAC at home, and birthed a 10 lb baby in 5 hours.

 

If you believe you can, you will! πŸ’ͺ🏽❀️

 

- Alexis

The VBAC Lab gives you everything you need to feel confident about your VBAC

 

With a labor and delivery nurse + the entire VBAC Lab community by your side, you'll feel supported and strong, ready for VBAC success.

Once inside, you'll get access to:
  • Our private Facebook Community
  • The opportunity to email me questions
  • My proven 8-step process for VBAC success  
 
Module 1: Welcome to the VBAC Lab

We'll go over all of the "what ifs" and "whys" and lay the foundation for a smooth VBAC experience.

 
Module 2: Healing From Your Previous Birth

Did you know that you've been traumatized by your previous C-section? Sometimes, it's not obvious - because we tend to suppress those emotions of disappointment and regret...But you definitely need to process that trauma so you can fully open your heart and mind to your VBAC birth. In this interactive module, you'll learn:

  • What is Birth Trauma?
  • What Causes Birth Trauma
  • Identifying Triggers

 

Module 3: Navigating Your VBAC Choice

You probably know that you're going to face some resistance to your VBAC choice. This module will make you feel grounded and sure of yourself. You'll be able to defend your decision to pursue a VBAC - even in the face of providers, family, and friends trying to change your mind. 

In this module, we'll go deep into the stats and facts you need to arm yourself and confidently defend your choice.

Module Highlights:

  • Facts & Stats
  • The VBAC Consent
  • VBAC Benefits to Baby

 

Module 4: Preparing for Your VBAC

We'll create a a solid plan for mental and physical preparation for VBAC success

  • Mobilizing Your Care Team
  • Mental Prep
  • Physical Prep
  • Cesarean Scar Mobilization

 

Module 5: Understanding Labor & Birth 

Women have been giving birth for thousands of years - without the need for medical interventions...which means that with education, you'll be able to avoid unnecessary interventions and interruptions in the natural process of labor and childbirth.

Module Highlights:

  • Pre-Labor
  • False Labor vs. Real Labor
  • The First Stage of Labor
  • The Second Stage of Labor
  • The Third Stage Of Labor
  • Immediate Postpartum Period
  • Triage & Admission

 

Module 6: During Labor: VBAC Style

Do you know when you to say, "No, I do not want you to use an internal monitor, or yes, it's ok for you to break my water"? After taking this module, you'll be ready for labor contractions + create a birth plan that works for you. 

Module Highlights:

  • Understanding your Rights
  • Inductions & Augmentations
  • Interventions - what are they and what do I need?
  • Creating Your Space
  • The Pain of Labor
  • Pain Management Plan: Medicated
  • Pain Management Plan: Unmedicated
  • Vaginal Tearing & Repairs

 

Module 7: VBAC Roadblocks/Concerns

Nearly half of the Cesareans in first-time moms were due to Failure to Progress...I'll show you how to avoid being labeled as "a failure to progress" so you can stay out of the operating room this time. 

Module Highlights:

  • Common VBAC Roadblocks
  • Warning Signs During Pregnancy

 

Module 8: Repeat Cesarean

Many women feel overpowered when it comes to decision in the operating room. Do you know the choices you have? This module is included to allow you the confidence to own the operating room if YOU decide a repeat cesarean is necessary.

I can't wait to have my VBAC! Sign me up!

Don't just wish for your VBAC.

Plan for your VBAC.

During my years in labor + delivery, I've seen first hand the difference between a mama who’s studied and one that’s just showing up and hoping for the best.

If you're *really* serious about a VBAC, you can't leave it to chance, mama. 

I want you to walk out of the hospital smiling and triumphant…

Rather than feeling like you failed…

When you haven’t spent thousands of hours in a delivery room, it can be tough to imagine the torture on a mama’s face as she’s being pressured into interventions or wheeled into the operating room for a c-section…

And it's even harder to realize that when it comes to this delivery, you won’t have the chance for a do-over…

Which is why the time is now to start writing your VBAC birth story.

Plus — I have a 14-day, no-questions-asked guarantee.

  • I can tell you that the VBAC Lab is the most comprehensive and mama-empowering VBAC birth course available.
  • I can explain that your purchase includes instructions for submitting the receipt to your insurance company for reimbursement, so it’s basically free
  • I can even tell you the stories from the other mamas who have used my course to confidently bring their babies into the world.

But you won’t know until you experience the magic for yourself.

So, if you try out the program and it’s not every bit the confidence-boosting, empowering educational experience you hoped for...you can shoot me an email and we’ll send you a refund. Easy peasy.

14-Day Money-Back Guarantee

I'm so confident that you'll learn everything you need to know to navigate your VBAC delivery successfully, that I’m offering a 14-day money-back guarantee — no questions asked.

You'll have two full weeks to review the course and if you don't think it's the most comprehensive & educational resource on VBAC ever created I will happily refund your money. 

The VBAC Lab is PERFECT for you if...

  • You're dreaming of holding your baby on your chest the moment after birth
  • You're pretty sure you're a candidate for VBAC but you're getting pushback from your provider
  • You're scared and feel like you're going through this all alone
  • You've heard dramatic stories about the dangers of VBAC
  • You're ready to take your birth into your own hands 
  • You feel intimidated in a medical setting
  • You know the power of surrounding yourself with other women who are on the same mission as you
  • You're willing to stand up for your VBAC choice

I know you're scared. And I know you're afraid to try again and fail. 

What if you go through allllll this work only to end up in the OR again?

But here's thing.

The *real* risk you're facing right now isn't getting your hopes up or wasting money (remember, you can probably get reimbursed by your insurance company for this class). 

The *real* risk is doing nothing.

Trust me, I'm not saying that to scare you, I'm saying that because the statistics show that the two most important factors for a healthy delivery are:

1. Education

2. Labor Support

Which is exactly what you're getting with the VBAC Lab. 

My years of expertise to guide and educate you and me as your virtual doula.

I understand what you're up against - and I also KNOW what's possible. 

And I'm showing you the exact process you need to go from scared and unsure to confident and victorious.

I have a no-nonsense, supportive style and make everything simple and easy to understand. 

This doesn't have to be scary.

And you don't have to do it all alone.

Trust me when I say...you've got this!

See you inside the Lab, 

Trish

@labor.nurse.mama

I'M SO READY TO DO THIS AND GET MY VBAC!!

Meet Laura

 

 "Trish, Thank you so much for your role in this birth experience! My body took over and I didn’t have much choice in how it all played out, but I loved that my husband and I had the tools we needed to make this such a fantastic moment for our family. The info on finding a vbac friendly provider, tips on finding the right doula, processing prior birth trauma, letting go of fear, and finding different ways to cope with the labor all contributed to us welcoming our baby boy with joy. While it certainly wasn’t the calm experience I hoped for, I was supported and empowered. I can’t believe as I was pushing I was saying “I can do this!!”. We loved the birth plan consult and having a plan for how we wanted things to go! It was very helpful to discuss what to expect and to have a plan for things that deviated from “normal”. I’m also so so thankful for the support and encouragement from the vbac lab community & group coaching calls. Especially during covid, it was awesome to connect with other vbac moms and not feel alone going through this there’s often so much negativity surrounding birth & I appreciated the uplifting, productive space during pregnancy. Thank you thank you Trish & VBAC lab ladies for helping make this happen!!"

 Laura, VBAC Lab Student

Meet Anna

Regardless of the MUCH SMALLER weight limits we were advised were the max, my baby girl came out a chunker and I still got the healthy VBAC birth I desired.

This is the first time my baby (after two before) hasn’t gone to the NICU due to traumatic births and it was the joy of my life to have her laid on my chest - my first baby ever to get to do that. 

I just wanted to let you know that with your help and the support of my midwife friend and home-birth advocate best friend, I advocated and pushed (literally!!) for my VBAC.

I also have a history of shoulder dystocia. I was advised that if the baby was bigger than 8lbs, a c-section needed to be done and was scheduled fo 40 weeks.

I went into labor naturally last night at 38 and 5 days. I labored at home for about 12 hours when contractions first started. When I arrived at the hospital at 7:30pm, I was 4cm. The doctor on call was informed of what I wanted and we went ahead with labor.

I did get an epidural, but avoided all other interventions. With the help of the peanut ball, I quickly made it to 10cm with my bag of water still intact. Right as the doctor came in to break it before pushing, it burst across the room!

Then we began to push. With the history of dystocia, we were all mindful. I pushed for longer than a normal third time mom - 1.5hrs - due to baby’s head being turned slightly to the side.

But when it was the final few pushes, all hands were on deck. And when it did show signs of shoulder dystocia, the doctor and nurses were ready.

With a nurse jumping in and pushing deeply twice, and the doctor twisting at the same time, baby girl came out within 10 seconds at 9 POUNDS!!!

Thank you again for your words of advice!!

 - Anna

 

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Meet Andrea

 

"Thanks to your training, I remained calm and managed my contractions and my pain.

I never felt scared or out of control, because you gave me confidence in my body.

I think that information and confidence were key.

I want to thank you Trish! I traveled from Ecuador all the way to Miami looking for VBAC support...after 47 hours of labor and an epidural at 8cm of dilatation (because in case something goes wrong, I’d be already under anesthesia) my baby boy was born vaginally, measuring 51cm and 7.3 pounds.

 

Thanks  again, you are part of my success and I am forever thankful"

 - Andrea R.

Meet Margot

VBAC success when all providers were betting on c section πŸ’ͺ🏻

You are right Trish! Trust only yourself, and your body!! ♥️

I had a very traumatizing first birth πŸ˜₯  I had a c-section and the doctors and midwives were so mean!! I felt humiliated, bullied, alone...I felt like crap for years after that!! We wanted close age children but I couldn't bear the thought of going through that again πŸ˜₯

2 years later, my desire to have another baby became stronger than my fear to birth again. But I had 6 miscarriages in 13 months. I was heartbroken. My ob finally gave me some progesterone and I got pregnant first try 🌟

Moving on πŸ˜…  at 36 weeks, mild contractions began. And after that, every evening I was contracting every 3-4 minutes. But in the morning they’d stop.

At 39 weeks (on a Monday) my midwife checks me (I refused all vaginal checks before that one, i asked for it!πŸ’ͺ🏻) I was 1cm 50% effaced.

The next night things got intense - but I didn't want to go. At 6 am the next morning, hubby put me in the car anyway.

At the hospital the midwife checked me, I am 2cm. So I say I want to go home but she refuses.

"Not with contractions on a c -section mama" πŸ˜‘  1hr later another nurse says "you’re not in labor you go home." πŸ˜’  But after monitoring me, she says that my contractions are too strong compared to my dilatation stage πŸ˜₯and she wants me to take the epidural so she can break my water bag and tells me that I’m probably gonna get a c section.

I was devastated! I refused the epi and said nobody's gonna touch my bag! πŸ’ͺ🏻

Hubby put our doula on the phone and had a private talk with this midwife to tell her to be more gentle.

After that... we walk, we dance, we squat, make some rounds on the birthing ball...

By that evening I’m only 4 😑
And contractions begin to really really hurt! I stay all night in the shower on the birthing ball.

By Thursday contractions keep going strong and every 2 min!! I breath through it all... but sometimes I can't so I scream πŸ˜•

In the afternoon, a midwife comes and tells me I’m at 10!!! But once in the room another one tells me I'm 6.

2 midwives and the ob are not agreeing. And I’m so tired. I accept the epi so they can break my water bag.

At this moment i’m sure this is all gonna lead to a c section. Game over.

But 30 minutes after breaking the bag, I’m definitely at 10, baby is in perfect position. 30 minutes later baby’s head is just in the front door πŸ˜…

I pushed for 20 minutes and had a little tear.

I'm grateful for my VBAC success.

 

 - Margot, France

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Meet Ashley H.

First birth: I had an emergency C section with my first 2.5 years ago due to fetal distress (I was induced on his due date).

 

Birth story: I had a dr appt the day after my due date and was checked and was 1-2cm, 50% & -2 station.

 

I was so defeated with those numbers and we actually had a c section scheduled for May 4th (41 weeks exactly) and I thought there was no way I’d go into labor on my own.

 

I walked a lot, had sex, sat on the birth ball, ate pineapple and told myself if this was supposed to happen, my body would do what it needed to and that’s exactly what happened.

 

I was having some contractions during my 40th week that were consistent but not painful at all.

 

Went to the dr Wed and got checked, then on Thursday I started having some more painful contractions but nothing too bad or consistent. Friday around lunch they were more consistent/painful but really didn’t pick up until Friday evening.

 

I tried to labor at home as long as I could but the pain become unbearable (straight back labor!).

 

I was sure I had stayed home long enough and just knew I’d be 4/5 cm when we made it to the hospital at 4am, especially bc of the pain I was feeling.

 

When they checked me, I was only 2/3, 50% effaced.

 

I was afraid they were going to send me home but they gave me an hour and checked again and I had progressed to 4cm, 60% so they admitted me.

 

The contractions were unbearable at this point so I asked for an epidural.

 

After the epidural, my contractions slowed way down, from 4-5 mins apart to 7-10 mins apart.

 

I used the peanut ball and a cool technique with stirrups and they switched my position every hour and checked me every 2-3 hours.

 

I was steadily progressing even though my contractions weren’t close together. (I think my body knew it needed to go slow and keep baby girl happy in there).

 

At one point, it had been 3 hours and I had only progressed from a 6-7, and the dr asked if she could break my water.

 

She thought that might get things moving and my contractions closer together (she had also asked this earlier in the day and I refused and she was totally on board with that).

 

I let her break my water and I went from a 7 to complete in about 30 minutes.

 

Nurse came in and we pushed for 3 contractions, brought the doctor in and pushed through one contraction with her and baby girl was out!

It was the most incredible feeling!

My body knew what it needed to do and was so capable!

I am so glad I didn’t let fear win.

The recovery has been a million times better than my last.

I also want to say that I felt a little defeated when I started the class because some of the tips/tricks to get your body ready start pretty early on and I hadn’t done any of them..but my body knew what to do!

I have no doubt had I not induced with my first and given him more time, he would have come vaginally as well. You live & learn!"

 

 - Ashley,