Maggi Rohde, Doula
- If You've Had A Cesarean -
Just because you had a cesarean once -- or many times -- does not mean your body can't give birth vaginally. Your body, like all women's bodies, is built to give birth, and with very rare exceptions, it can make amazing accomodations for the passage of your baby.
Having a doula can help you prepare physically and emotionally for a VBAC. She can tell you about exercises and positions during labor which can help your baby deliver more easily, or shift a breech baby. Doulas have been proven to lower cesearean rates as much as 50%. 2
For more information on VBAC, visit the VBAC links on the Online Birth Resources page.
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(1) ACOG, Midwifery Today, Winter No 36, page 47.
(2) Klaus MH; Kennell JH. 1997. The doula: an essential ingredient of childbirth rediscovered. Acta Paediatr 1997 Oct;86(10):1034-6.
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