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May 18, 2017

In continuing with our cesarean and vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) theme, our other owner, Ashley, shares her VBAC story:

On Thursday, June 6, my mom and Jordan came into town. We had just moved into our new house, in a new city, and I was due the 16. She was there to visit for a few days, and if baby came, baby came, and if not, then it wasn't meant to be. I was having some labor signs, and really felt like he might come any time. So she came, we waited, and nothing more than a couple of convincing nights of pre-labor happened. I was dilated to about a 3 by then, but every night when I went to bed, my labor would stop.

My mom left for home at 11am on Monday, June 10. I made the joke that NOW I would go into labor because "a watched pot never boils." I didn't really think it was going to happen, though, and actually texted my friend that I was going to get my house organized since I was "clearly never having a baby."

So, I organized. And I cleaned. And I folded clothes, and washed di...

May 16, 2017

Brittany, one of Blooming Tree Maternity's owners, shares her VBAC story:

I birthed my daughter vaginally and looking back, I've always considered her birth to be a good one. My son, however, was a different story. True, he was a vaginal birth and he was healthy and many would say that should have been enough. But it wasn't. I felt bullied, pressured, abused, and tricked by the hospital staff that I had with him and his birth didn't go ANYTHING like I had planned or hoped and frankly, I was damaged from it.

Fast forward about 4 years and I was pregnant with surrogate twins. I had discussed with my husband, my practitioners, and the Intended Parents (IPs) about my desire for a vaginal birth, and the instances when a cesarean would occur. Everyone was on board with a vaginal delivery as long as Baby A was head down. Wouldn't you know it, Baby A was head down the entire pregnancy!! That is, until two days before delivery. But even for a cesarean, it was straight forward, I healed quickly an...

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