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A podcast featuring Australians sharing their journey of vaginal birth after caesarean. Through sharing and learning from each other's lived experiences the podcast is designed to empower and educate those whose VBAC journey may have just begun, help all expecting mums achieve a more natural birth if that is their intention, and better inform birth professionals about one's journey to a VBAC.

VBAC Birth Stories Melissa Merino & Stephanie Cannavo

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.9 • 82 Ratings

A podcast featuring Australians sharing their journey of vaginal birth after caesarean. Through sharing and learning from each other's lived experiences the podcast is designed to empower and educate those whose VBAC journey may have just begun, help all expecting mums achieve a more natural birth if that is their intention, and better inform birth professionals about one's journey to a VBAC.

    48 | Michelle's switch from hospital to homebirth VBAC following an Emergency Caesarean; Public Hospitals, Private Midwife, Cervical Lip, Postpartum Haemorrhage, Perinatal Anxiety

    48 | Michelle's switch from hospital to homebirth VBAC following an Emergency Caesarean; Public Hospitals, Private Midwife, Cervical Lip, Postpartum Haemorrhage, Perinatal Anxiety

    Welcome to Season 3 of VBAC Birth Stories!


    In today's episode we chat to Melbourne mum of two and registered nurse, Michelle. Michelle went into spontaneous labour with her first child but was recommended to have an emergency caesarean close to the finish line of her labour, but Michelle wouldn’t say it was a true "emergency" in the sense of the word. Michelle returned to hospital in her second pregnancy but did not feel supported in her quest to have a VBAC - this coupled with a bit of perinatal anxiety and covid hospital restrictions Michelle took control of her second birth in the final trimester, and ultimately hired a private midwife to birth her baby boy at home. She speaks of the challenges with her recovery after having a VBAC too which is very insightful, and we thank Michelle for her honesty.


    We hope you enjoy listening to Michelle’s story, we know there’s a lot to take away from her journey whether you are on a VBAC journey yourself or a maternity care provider listening in.


    Please feel free to connect with Michelle on Instagram @michelleparis.mitchell


    ~ PATREON ~


    Please consider joining our Patreon if you would like to show your support for the podcast from just AUD $2.00 a month:


    https://www.patreon.com/vbacbirthstories


    ~ AFFILIATES ~
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    ~ Notes ~


    Doula & Osteopath: Bonnie Maplestone
    https://www.bonniemaplestone.com.au


    Birth Photographer: kateleephotography.com.au


    VBAC Australia Support Group (Facebook):
    https://www.facebook.com/search/top?q=vbac%20australia%20support%20group


    Post Natal Depression/Anxiety support: If you or anyone you know is affected by PND symptoms particularly at this time of COVID-19 please don't hesitate to contact the following support networks.


    The Gidget Foundation
    https://gidgetfoundation.org.au/get-support/,


    PANDA
    https://www.panda.org.au/info-support/pandas-national-perinatal-anxiety-depression-helpline


    Beyond Blue
    https://www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support/get-immediate-support


    Cope
    https://www.cope.org.au


    **VBAC Birth Stories features women's lived experiences. It is not intended to replace medical advice. Should you have any concerns during your pregnancy please always consult your healthcare provider.


    Please connect with us on Facebook or Instagram: @vbacbirthstories

    • 1 hr 17 min
    49 | Jaihden's positive VBAC with Induction (AROM) and epidural following an emergency caesarean under general anaesthetic, perinatal depression and anxiety, and postnatal depression; Gestational Diabetes, Private Obstetrician

    49 | Jaihden's positive VBAC with Induction (AROM) and epidural following an emergency caesarean under general anaesthetic, perinatal depression and anxiety, and postnatal depression; Gestational Diabetes, Private Obstetrician

    This week we sat down with Jaihden who is a Sydney based mum of two girls who experienced perinatal depression and anxiety as well as postpartum depression. She bravely shares how she navigated these periods and how the experience inspired her to give back to women going through the same challenges. Jaihden sheds light and humour on some dark moments. She speaks about her challenges and blessings and how her husband and support team of health professionals kept her feeling safe through this time.


    For Jaihden her primary caesarean didn’t affect her frame of mind or make her any less of a mother, she just wanted to have the experience of a vaginal delivery.


    Jaihden’s VBAC is really secondary to a story of immense personal growth, bravery and the making of a mother.
    It’s a lesson on how we can support mothers who do struggle whether it be physical or mental, and the importance of creating a village that bolsters new mothers with the right support.
    Jaihden has teamed up with the Gidget Foundation and Genevieve Muir from Connected Parenting to help other mums in need of support during early parenting and you can find out more by heading to the website madeformums.com.au


    Episode sponsor:


    This episode is brought to you by Made for Mums, uniquely crafted practical hampers to support and nurture women during postpartum. Whether it is a first, second, or third baby Made for Mums gift hampers are tailored to suit a mother's needs. Founded by this week's podcast guest Jaihden after the birth of her second child, the hampers are designed to make mums feel supported, nourished and appreciated.


    But it's not only about hampers; Made for Mums also aims to build community and support for new mothers, a cause close to founder Jaihden's heart after her own experience of perinatal depresssion and anxiety and postpartum depression. Each hamper sold comes with exclusive online access to Genevieve Muir's Connected Parenting Course - a course that explains why parenting can be so hard, and also teaches new parents how to find the lightness and humour in it all. As well as this, with every hamper gifted $5 will be donated by Made for Mums to Gidget Foundation Australia, a support service for new families struggling with parenthood. Be sure to visit the website madeformums.com.au to browse their beautifully crafted hampers, as well as connect with Made for Mums on Instagram (@madeformumsaus) to join their nurturing and growing community.


    ~ PATREON ~


    Please consider joining our Patreon if you would like to show your support for the podcast from just AUD $2.00 a month:


    https://www.patreon.com/vbacbirthstories


    ~ AFFILIATES ~
    Access discounts with our amazing affiliates:


    Birth Time film:
    USE DISCOUNT CODE: CICADA20
    https://www.birthtime.world/a/2147503775/Eb2Kfvxt


    Partum Panties:
    USE DISCOUNT CODE: Vbacbirthstories
    https://www.partumpanties.com.au


    The Birth Store:
    USE DISCOUNT CODE: VBAC
    https://thebirthstore.com.au


    ~ Notes ~


    Post Natal Depression/Anxiety support: If you or anyone you know is affected by PND symptoms particularly at this time of COVID-19 please don't hesitate to contact the following support networks.


    The Gidget Foundation
    https://gidgetfoundation.org.au/get-support/,


    PANDA
    https://www.panda.org.au/info-support/pandas-national-perinatal-anxiety-depression-helpline


    Beyond Blue
    https://www.beyondblue.org.au/get-s

    • 1 hr 14 min
    50 | Laura's swift waterbirth VBAC following an emergency caesarean involving induction (post-dates) and a surprise breech baby; MGP (Midwifery Group Practice), Public Hospital, NICU

    50 | Laura's swift waterbirth VBAC following an emergency caesarean involving induction (post-dates) and a surprise breech baby; MGP (Midwifery Group Practice), Public Hospital, NICU

    In today's episode we hear our first VBAC birth story from Tasmania. Laura is a mum of two who lives in Hobart and had a swift and beautiful VBAC waterbirth at her public hospital. In her first birth she was induced for reaching post-dates and during the pushing phase it was discovered that her baby was breech. Despite the sudden way her emergency caesarean unfolded Laura holds no trauma from this birth and she shares with us why she thinks this is.


    In her second pregnancy it's refreshing to hear how well supported Laura was in her desire to have a waterbirth. Laura was fortunate to have continuity of care under the MGP in both of her pregnancies. After her restorative birth Laura's son did need to spend some time in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) as there were some concerns with his breathing and Laura tells of how her early postpartum unfolded afterwards.


    ~ PATREON ~


    Please consider joining our Patreon if you would like to show your support for the podcast from just AUD $2.00 a month:


    https://www.patreon.com/vbacbirthstories


    ~ AFFILIATES ~
    Access discounts with our amazing affiliates:


    Birth Time film:
    USE DISCOUNT CODE: CICADA20
    https://www.birthtime.world/a/2147503775/Eb2Kfvxt


    Partum Panties:
    USE DISCOUNT CODE: Vbacbirthstories
    https://www.partumpanties.com.au


    The Birth Store:
    USE DISCOUNT CODE: VBAC
    https://thebirthstore.com.au


    ~ Notes ~


    VBAC + Waterbirth:


    NICE UK Guidelines:


    https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng121/chapter/Recommendations#previous-caesarean-section


    Queensland Health VBAC Guidelines:


    https://www.health.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0022/140836/g-vbac.pdf


    **VBAC Birth Stories features women's lived experiences. It is not intended to replace medical advice. Should you have any concerns during your pregnancy please always consult your healthcare provider.


    Please connect with us on Facebook or Instagram: @vbacbirthstories

    • 46 min
    51 | Kate's VBAC with an epidural in theatre following an emergency caesarean; Posterior Labours, Augmented Labours, Infant Tongue Ties, Episiotomy, Forceps, Public Hospital

    51 | Kate's VBAC with an epidural in theatre following an emergency caesarean; Posterior Labours, Augmented Labours, Infant Tongue Ties, Episiotomy, Forceps, Public Hospital

    In this episode we meet Kate who is a mum of two living in Darwin. Kate is the daughter of a midwife so she really did have some knowledge on her side going through her first birth, but after labouring for a very long time she was placed on a caesarean pathway and although there were things about that birth she would change- she was able to bond with her daughter and have immediate skin to skin which we often hear makes all the difference to a positive caesarean outcome.
    In her second birth, you will hear of how she came very close to a repeat caesarean, but gave birth vaginally to her posterior baby in the operating theatre.
    Both of Kate's babies had tongue ties which contributed to difficulties breastfeeding, particularly her first child. She shares what she did to overcome this and continue her breastfeeding journey.


    ~ PATREON ~


    Please consider joining our Patreon if you would like to show your support for the podcast from just AUD $2.00 a month. Thank you very much to our patreons- we greatly appreciate your support!


    https://www.patreon.com/vbacbirthstories


    ~ AFFILIATES ~
    Access discounts with our amazing affiliates:


    Birth Time film:
    USE DISCOUNT CODE: CICADA20
    https://www.birthtime.world/a/2147503775/Eb2Kfvxt


    Partum Panties:
    USE DISCOUNT CODE: Vbacbirthstories
    https://www.partumpanties.com.au


    The Birth Store:
    USE DISCOUNT CODE: VBAC
    https://thebirthstore.com.au


    **VBAC Birth Stories features women's lived experiences. It is not intended to replace medical advice. Should you have any concerns during your pregnancy please always consult your healthcare provider.


    Please connect with us on Facebook or Instagram: @vbacbirthstories

    • 1 hr 8 min
    52 | Katelyn's homebirth transfer caesarean following a caesarean after induction; Private Hospital, Private Midwife, Posterior Labour, Obstructed Labours, Late-term gestations, Vaginismus

    52 | Katelyn's homebirth transfer caesarean following a caesarean after induction; Private Hospital, Private Midwife, Posterior Labour, Obstructed Labours, Late-term gestations, Vaginismus

    In this week's episode we speak to western Sydney mum of two, Katelyn. Like so many of us in our first birth Katelyn just wanted to experience a physiological birth in a hospital setting, but ended up agreeing to an induction. Interestingly Katelyn intuitively felt that her induction was not medically necessary and there was a good chance she'd end up having surgery that day, yet she felt she couldn't say no.


    Katelyn was determined to re-write her story in her second birth, and that she most certainly did even though despite giving her absolute all this birth ended in a caesarean too. On paper the two births might look similar, but in reality, they were polar opposite experiences.


    Katelyn learned so much on her VBAC journey and generously shares much of this knowledge with us. We know this episode will be an incredible resource to all our listeners including our health care professionals. Thank you Katelyn for reaching out to share your story.


    Connect with Katelyn on Instagram: @thenbacguide


    Episode Sponsor:


    Silverette Australia (Silverette cups are available in 28 countries).


    https://silveretteaustralia.com


    Promotion: From 6 May - 27 May 2022 Silverette Australia will be offering a 15% discount off their products for VBAC Birth Stories listeners. Simply head to their website (silveretteaustralia.com) and use the discount code VBAC15 to take advantage of this limited offer.


    About Silverette cups:


    Crafted out of 925 sterling silver these medical-grade light-weight shield-like cups fit over your areola and are designed to protect, soothe and heal your nipples as you and your baby adjust to breastfeeding. Silver has anti inflamatory, anti bacterial, anti fungal, and anti microbial properties which help to keep viruses away. To use Silverette cups you simply place them over your nipples and your maternity bra will hold them in place. To maximise its benefit Silverette recommend using them between feeds to help prevent discomfort such as sore or cracked nipples from occurring, while also paying attention to your baby's latch.


    ~ PATREON ~


    Please consider joining our Patreon if you are enjoying the podcast and would like to help support us by making a donation:


    https://www.patreon.com/vbacbirthstories


    ~ AFFILIATES ~
    Access discounts with our amazing affiliates:


    Birth Time film (20%):
    USE DISCOUNT CODE: CICADA20
    https://www.birthtime.world/a/2147503775/Eb2Kfvxt


    Partum Panties (10%):
    USE DISCOUNT CODE: Vbacbirthstories
    https://www.partumpanties.com.au


    The Birth Store: TENS Machine hire and more (10%):
    https://www.thebirthstore.com.au/?ref=VBAC


    ~ NOTES ~


    Calmbirth


    https://calmbirth.com.au


    Midwife: Jo Hunter


    https://midwifejo.com.au


    Doula: Aimee Sing


    https://birthaims.com.au


    Birth Photographer: Beth


    https://naturalfocus.com.au/birth-photography/


    Birth debrief/birth trauma debrief: Athena at The Birth Counsel


    https://www.thebirthcounsel.com.au


    The Midwives Cauldron episode on Gestational Diabetes - Podcast


    Juju Sundin's Birth Skills - Book


    Hannah Dahlen's induction study:


    https://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/11/6/e047040


    Arr

    • 1 hr 51 min
    53 | Tina's drug-free VBAC following an emergency caesarean at 2cm dilation; Public Hospital, Meconium in waters, TTN, NICU, Episiotomy, Student Midwife

    53 | Tina's drug-free VBAC following an emergency caesarean at 2cm dilation; Public Hospital, Meconium in waters, TTN, NICU, Episiotomy, Student Midwife

    Today we meet Tina a registered nurse and mum of two who lives with her husband in Melbourne. She shares her two very different birth and postpartum experiences with us. After Tina's son was born via an emergency caesarean he experienced what is called TTN (Transient Tachypnea of the Newborn). Babies with TTN have extra fluid in their lungs or the fluid leaves too slowly from their lungs. It is more likely to occur in c-section babies. She shares what it was like for her having a baby in special care and then the NICU ward. Having an unexpected surgical birth played a heavy role in her overall mental wellbeing in those early days.


    In her VBAC pregnancy Tina opted to have a student midwife follow her on her journey, and we are very thankful that Tina invited her student midwife, Rebecca, to join us in today's interview. You'll get to hear her perspective on VBAC and following women on their journey to birth during the show.


    ~ PATREON ~


    Please consider joining our Patreon if you are enjoying the podcast and would like to help support us by making a donation:


    https://www.patreon.com/vbacbirthstories


    ~ AFFILIATES ~
    Access discounts with our amazing affiliates:


    Birth Time film (20%):
    USE DISCOUNT CODE: CICADA20
    https://www.birthtime.world/a/2147503775/Eb2Kfvxt


    Partum Panties (10%):
    USE DISCOUNT CODE: Vbacbirthstories
    https://www.partumpanties.com.au


    The Birth Store: TENS Machine hire and more (10%):
    https://www.thebirthstore.com.au/?ref=VBAC


    ~ Notes ~


    Student Midwife: Rebecca. Instagram: @becletts


    Resources:


    The Birth Map. Instagram: @birthmapping. Website: https://birthmap.life


    Core & Floor Restore: Instagram: @corefloorrestore. Website: https://coreandfloor.com.au


    Evidence Based Birth: Instagram: @ebbirth. Website: https://evidencebasedbirth.com


    The Naked Doula: Instagram: @thenakeddoula. Website: https://thenakeddoula.me


    Perinatal Depression & Post Natal Depression/Anxiety support: If you or anyone you know is affected by PND symptoms please don't hesitate to contact the following support networks.


    The Gidget Foundation
    https://gidgetfoundation.org.au/get-support


    PANDA
    https://www.panda.org.au/info-support/pandas-national-perinatal-anxiety-depression-helpline


    Beyond Blue
    https://www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support/get-immediate-support


    Cope
    https://www.cope.org.au


    **VBAC Birth Stories features women's lived experiences. It is not intended to replace medical advice. Should you have any concerns during your pregnancy please always consult your healthcare provider.


    Please connect with us on Facebook or Instagram: @vbacbirthstories

    • 1 hr 11 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
82 Ratings

82 Ratings

Rachelle Mason 22 ,

Validating

I found Steph, Mel and the amazing women who share their experiences following my second birth (my failed VBAC). It wasn’t until my third pregnancy and trying for my VBA2C that I became obsessed and listened religiously to ALL the episodes. I learnt so much, felt so inspired and felt so validated by these woman’s and their stories. This podcast is fundamental to anyone who is pregnant, had a baby, not had a baby, partners of pregnant women, fathers and women wanting to achieve a VBAC. A massive thank you to Steph and Mel for creating such a wonderful community.

jess jensen-holm ,

Inspiring

Thank you for creating such a wonderful resource! Have listened to every episode!

elivs22 ,

Great resource

Very useful info for those of us contemplating birth options after a caesarean - thank you to the creators and everyone who has contributed.

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