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Birth Stories

We invite all ICAN of Northern Virginia subscribers to share their birth stories on our website. Current subscribers may login to add your story to this list. We welcome you to browse through the emotional and powerful words of our subscribers, past and present, and to be inspired by their strength and courage.

Sara's Hospital VBAC

Birth Story of Brooke Elizabeth, born September 2, 2006 at 1:11am, weighing 7 pounds, 2 ounces. Background My first was born in February 2005, at 32 weeks, by c-section due to complications relating to pre-eclampsia, a condition called HELLP Syndrome. Amber was in the NICU for a month before coming home to us on an apnea monitor for 2 more months. The whole experience was pretty stressful, though I don't feel it was an unnecessary c-section. Nevertheless I knew I wanted to try for a VBAC with my next pregnancy for many reasons, including that my husband and I want, ideally, 3 or 4 kids.

Read more: Sara's Hospital VBAC

Annie's VBAC

1/3/04
Abigael Gordon Tirona born to Annie and DT Tirona
8 lbs 7oz
After 3 days of start and stop labor, finally VBAC'd with Dr. Rashid an hour after arriving at hospital.

With my first pregnancy I wanted to have an unmedicated birth and to prepare myself, took the Bradley classes. Coming from a more traditional approach, I had in my mind that I could easily have the birth experience I wanted with a doctor in a hospital. It never crossed my mind that I'd end up in a c-section because that happens to other women, not me. Not to me, who had prepared for 12 weeks with the Bradley class. Not to me, who although had practiced relaxation techniques and had a list of labor pain relief methods on hand, never felt the need to do the other things that the Bradley instructor strongly suggested doing. For example, I did not ask my doctors what their c-section rate was. I did not read any of the suggested readings which would have helped me to understand the whole "overmedicalization" of the obstetrics field. In short, I thought I was prepared, but was gravely mistaken.

Read more: Annie's VBAC

Elena's HBAC

My birth was fast and furious, 2 hours and 37 minutes. With Eli's birth, I had labored for almost 24 hours and then had him via c/s. I expected at least 12 hours of labor with my VBAC. Although, I had been contracting for a couple of weeks, though not consistently, my body was definitely getting ready for this VBAC! I awoke around 1:00 a.m. when my husband came into the bedroom after playing poker with his friends! Shortly thereafter I felt a painful sensation in my cervix. Not a contraction, but something oddly different. About five minutes later I felt a gush of water and knew my waters had broken! All I could think of was `GAME TIME"! And then I thought to myself, I'm not sure if I can do this!

Read more: Elena's HBAC

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