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VBAC Education: "Better Birth"?

Deep breath here… My son was a c-section. Full disclosure, he was a scheduled c-section. And regardless of where you stand on c-sections, vaginal births, unmedicated births, or in between all of those, at the end of the day, I came home with a healthy baby boy.

Yay for babies!

With the onset of this second trimester, I’m diving in to some birthing literature, some breast feeding literature, some baby naming literature (in amongst my blog reading) and I’m finding one common theme. Holy cow, things are different! And, my my, how quickly times change.

(I sound like my grandmother.)

Four years ago, when I was pregnant with Jackson, the literature was quite different from what I am seeing now. Interesting, right? New editions have been made to books, amendments and supplemental material can now be found in some. It’s incredible and overwhelming. Sure, the everlasting What to Expect When Expecting reigns supreme of most Pregnancy sections of Barnes and Noble, but even it has an updated version.

When I saw this book (pictured above), I thumbed through it, scoped out the index, and skimmed a couple of chapters. It looks interesting enough and I am curious about VBACs (vaginal birth after cesarean). Boom. Purchase made.

I’m anxious to dive in to it, though I must admit the title turns me off a bit.

Is there really a “better birth”?

“Better” than what?

What makes one a “thinking woman”?

Regardless, I’m trying not to judge the book by its cover. The brief skimming I have done already peaks my interest. Bottom line: I’m in need of some education in terms of VBACs and second-time c-sections. Hell, I’m in need of all sorts of education. Always. I kind of love learning.

Who knows whether this birth will be a “better birth,” but I intend for it to be an educated one… being a “thinking woman” and all.

I’m going to be reading this and a few other books, while looking for more literature in the coming months. Any recommendations?

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