By the time I decided to have a second child I had been working as a Labor and Delivery nurse for almost a year. I was still adamant about having a vaginal birth if possible. I knew my risks; I knew that I had, what is considered to be, a low Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC) success score, but I was committed to giving it a try.
Around 30% of American babies are delivered by cesarean birth. Some people have a planned cesarean delivery due to the baby being breech (feet/butt down versus head down) or another medical indication. These types of cesareans are typically prescheduled. Others find themselves having an urgent or emergent cesarean section during their course of labor.
Attempting to be a good labor support person is a challenging job. It's incredibly common for neither the pregnant person nor the support person to know what to expect from the process, or from each other. Our best advice is to give it your all, prepare as much as you can, and remember to give your partner grace should things get a little tense along the way.
It’s also traditionally been a time where the baby was whisked away within minutes for being cleaned up and more, and then eventually returned to mom. We know now that's not the best practice, and the transition between birth and the first hour is critical for the health of mom and baby.
Having a baby by Cesarean section is quite common, and we want to help discredit the idea that a Cesarean section is an “easy way” to have a baby, or that by having one, you are a failure in any way. Medical evidence and many happy mamas prove that neither of these is true.