• ICAN Names Julie Herr the May 2015 Volunteer of the Month
    The International Cesarean Awareness Network is powered by the selfless efforts of our numerous volunteers. We cannot thank our dedicated volunteers enough for their cooperation and service in assisting ICAN with accomplishing its mission. In an effort to acknowledge some of our amazing volunteers who work tirelessly behind the scenes to offer support, education, and... […]
  • Click Your Way to the Best Info: finding quality VBAC and Cesarean info online
    By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA) BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE While April is recognized as Cesarean Awareness Month in both the United States and many other countries, quality consumer information about how to prevent cesareans (both primary {first} cesareans and subsequent ones) along with information about having a vaginal birth after a cesarean (VBAC) is valuable to... […]
  • Birth Story in Africa: a birth without fear
    Guest post written by Sarah S. In order to tell the birth story of my firstborn, I have to back up a bit. Actually, I have to back up a lot. For as long as I can remember I have been afraid of pregnancy and childbirth. My mother threw up the entire nine months of... […]
  • World Doula Week: a doula at a cesarean?
    Guest article by Lisa Kehoe IBCLC, CLD, CPD, in honor of World Doula Week (March 22-28). Your vision of birth probably did not include having surgery. You were thinking of a natural, unmedicated, maybe even home birth, and now you’re having a cesarean. You may feel uneasy about this, but, for whatever reason, it’s the only choice... […]
  • Accreta Awareness Blood Drive Event
    The International Cesarean Awareness Network is pleased to be participating in this year’s Accreta Awareness Blood Drive occurring nationwide on April 3rd in support of the Hope for Accreta Foundation. The purpose of this blood drive is to raise awareness of placenta accreta, a condition in which the placenta attaches itself too deeply into the... […]

Birthing Stories

My Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC) Story

by Tawnya M.

Emotionally and physically injured from a surprise cesarean section with her first birth, Tawnya M. struggles through the pain and despair of a vaginal birth after cesarean. Find out how she dealt with her OB, the hospital staff and negativity from family during her trial of labor.  Read more…

Congratulations Jaci!!!!

After 75 hours of labor, Jaci delivered a posterior, asynclitic 9lb 4ounce boy, with the help of a vacuum. Congratulations on your successful VBAC! Read all about her recent VBAC, and her the c-section of her first child (failed induction) on her blog.

Mom has VBAC with full term triplets

Dr. Tate, of Atlanta Georgia attended the VBAC of triplets! The first 2 babies were presented head down and the third was a footling breech. All 3 babies had excellent apgar scores. Read more about this birth at peacefull parenting.

Successful VBAC at VCMC! This hospital does not allow VBACs
By Nicole, Birth Action Coalition

“The attending doctor came in and gave me the Scare Tactic Risks Lecture.  My kids were in the room the whole time and I don’t have very much respect for this doctor anymore as I felt this demonstrated horrible bedside manner.  It included the usual percentages (not including my actual risk percentage since I already have had a VBAC) and death or damage to the baby (just for extra scare factor).  My doula and I both explained the truth to my kids after the doctor left.  We all know this is a legal issue, not a medical one.  After he left there was not a single mention about it.  I was allowed to proceed without issue.  The contractions were incredibly strong.” read the full article 

Rachel’s Birth Story
By Rachel, mother of Jack

At her 39 week checkup, Rachel was pressured to schedule a c-section because her baby was estimated to be over 9lbs. Rather than giving into the OB’s fear tactics, Rachel did her own research and realized the Dr wasn’t thinking about her or her baby’s health. Read her inspiring birth story and find out if she had a vaginal birth. Read more…

An Emotional VBAC Journey
by Kristine

I was entirely confident that my first child would be delivered naturally. I’m young, I’m fit, I’m strong, I’m flexible, I eat healthy, I don’t smoke, I don’t drink and I think positively.

Not only was this child going to be delivered naturally, but I expected it to go rather quickly and without any need for pain medication of any sort. 36 hours of labour, and 3 hours of pushing later I was hyperventilating, dehydrated and exhausted into the deepest core of my bones. Read more…

Home Birth
Submitted by Megan, mother to Isaac

I had a really amazing birth – a home birth.I carefully selected my birth team. The Universe gifted me with an amazing doula, Karen Kelly, a wonderfully supportive and professional midwife, Marcy Perlman Tardio, and my husband.

My contractions began as I was walking home from dinner at the restaurant where my husband works. I had a huge dinner, as I was ravenous. We think it was the Dominican soup!  Read more...

(that’s right, a VBAC after 3 c-sections!)

I had my first CS following a failed induction at 35 weeks for severe pre-eclampsia. Hours of horrendous labour resulted in only 4cms dilation and my little one was suffering. The whole experience was awful.

My second CS was as a result of being talked into it by my consultant – there was no medical reason for it and if I’d known then what I know now, it would never have taken place. I had insisted that I be awake for this one and they managed to knock me out half way through by mistake so I missed another birth. . . Read more…


More Birth Stories…

Our Amazing VBAC by Katherine

Birth Story of Tygo Ezechiël

VBAC Birth Stories from storknetCatherine’s Birth Story
homebirth after cesarean
Michelle’s Birth Story
hospital vbac

Successful VBAC birth stories:
Bradley’s Birth

Brandon’s Birth

Elisheva’s Birth

Kent’s Birth

Sierra’s Birth

Steven’s Birth

attempted VBACs with Cesarean Births:
Katya’s Birth

Fox’s Birth

William Andrew’s Birth
Korey John’s Birth

VBAC Birth Stories from laboroflove

Cole’s Birth Story By Stacie Gallagher
My VBAC Homebirth By Amy B.
Anabelle’s Birth Story By Belle
Samuel Ryan’s Birth Story By Grace
Jacob’s Birth Story By Andrea
John Alexander’s Birth Story By AndreaNathan Aaron’s Birth Story By Grace
Six Birth Stories By Amy
Birth Story By Lisa Blair
Birth Story By Sheila White

VBAC Birth Stories from

Diana’s Birth
Hospital, morphine, doula, VBAC.
Christian and Landon’s Birth
Hospital, vacuum, epidural, doula, midwife, VBAC.
Brandon’s Birth
Home birth, midwife, VBAC.
Janae’s Birth
VBAC, Nubain.
Kelly’s Birth
Diabetic, doula, VBAC, epidural.
Asher’s Birth
Homebirth, midwife, VBAC, unmedicated.
Two Births
Induction, cesarean, doula, VBAC, unmedicated.
Two Different Births
Cesarean, PIH, VBAC, midwife.
Kobe’s Birth Story
VBAC, Pitocin, Fentanyl, Epidural, Cesarean.
Katie’s Birth Story
Hospital, OB, VBAC, doula.
Pierce’s Birth Story
VBAC after 3 cesareans, Stadol, no episiotomy.
A VBAC Birth Story
Hospital, VBAC, Stadol.

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